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    Updated December 2017

Senior Discounts
Senior discounts in Portland?  Of course!  Whenever going out to a store, restaurant or service provider, ASK.  The discount might fall once a week or once a month, but it helps to ask!  It could be a freebie, discount, special menu or a special event that is offered.  Here are three web sites and one article that can give you a good start:

About.com:  Frugal Living Senior Discount Directory

SeniorDiscounts.com:  they claim that over 250,000 businesses are listed that offer a senior discount.  Most information on the web site is free to access; other areas require a 'Premium Membership' for $12.95 a year.  Please see web site and make your own determination. 

Skiddy:  Description from web site:  "Sciddy.com is a place to find discounts, deals and coupons every day for people 50 years of age and over in hundreds of cities across the U.S. It is also a source of a wide variety of senior-friendly information including news, weather, travel, and health tips."  Easy to use, search by zip code, no fees or registration required.

Article from TheSimpleDollar.com: "The Ultimate Guide to Senior Travel Discounts"

Oregonian article:  "Retailers ramp up 'senior discounts'," article from the Oregonian's January 16th, 2012 edition.  Provides a snapshot of local retailers discount offers for seniors, including Grocery Outlet, Kohl's, Rite Aid, Uwajimaya, Fred Meyer, New Seasons Market, Food Front Coop and the Woodburn Company Stores.
Clackamas County Senior Centers
Clackamas County Social Services Division has designated ten senior centers as focal points for comprehensive service delivery in Clackamas County.  Senior centers combine people, services and activities. The typical senior center offers meals three to five times a week, information and referral, outreach/assessment, transportation, social services, legal counseling, health promotion activities, recreation, and social programs. Some centers also offer support groups and day respite programs for persons with Alzheimer's disease.  The following cities are served:
Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, Welches, West Linn and Wilsonville.
Elders in Action
The Portland-based organization offers Personal Advocate Services that provides trained volunteers to help older adults and link individuals to community resources. They focus in the area of housing, health care, crime, and elder abuse.  Offers an online directory of 'Age Friendly Businesses.'  Please see web site for more information.
Elder Orphans Facebook Group
Description from web site:  "The group is restricted to individuals over the age of 55 who live without a spouse and adult children to look after us as we grow older. However, people who are married and have children have joined. Please know the group's intention has been and will continue to be for the "solo ager."
Feature article:  "The Complete Guide to Senior Discounts" September 2016.
Loaves and Fishes Meal Centers
Loaves & Fishes operates 35 dining rooms throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. In addition to hot, nutritious lunches served Monday through Friday, Loaves & Fishes Centers offer a wide variety of programs, from exercise to art classes to field trips and outings. Anyone over the age of 60, regardless of income, is invited to dine.  Click on the link for the list and contact information for each center.
Multnomah County Senior Centers
Nine locations around the Portland area, including Gresham, NE and SW Portland.  If the link does not work, click here for the home page of the Multnomah County Age and Disability Services.  For branch locations, click here.
Portland State University Senior Adult Learning Center
Submission from Karl 02/2015:  Article "Free classes and free Internet? Yes, if you’re 65 plus!"

Profile of PSU's Senior Adult Learning Center.
The Salvation Army Rose Center
Offers a hot lunch to seniors Monday-Friday, with a discount for low-income seniors. Daily activities, excursions, and volunteer opportunities are available to seniors from throughout the metro area. The current menu, newsletter, and activity calendar are posted on the web site.
These are guides for almost every city in the country that offer helpful elder resources and a breakdown of healthcare quality and services available for senior citizens in any area.
Washington County Services for Older Adults
Offers services in the areas of money management, nutrition, Medicare assistance, transportation options, in-home services and more.  To speak to an information and assistance specialist, please call toll free 855-673-2372.

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