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Building a State for All Ages: Tapping the Potential of Older Oregonians
Institute on Aging Publications
  • Stephen Percy, Portland State University
  • Judith A. Ramaley, Portland State University
  • John Tapogna, ECONorthwest
  • Margaret B. Neal, Portland State University
  • Jay Bloom
  • Alexandra Reece, ECONorthwest
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  • Older people -- Oregon,
  • Aging,
  • Older people -- Employment -- Oregon

This report explores how the aging population—including native Oregonians and senior adults moving to the state—represent an asset to Oregon. Aging in America has often been viewed from a perspective of deficit and decline. We wholeheartedly challenge this perspective. This report identifies how older adults can play vital roles in the workforce, entrepreneurship and innovation, and supporting community revitalization through volunteering of time and talent.


The paper is a collaboration between ECONorthwest and Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs.

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Stephen Percy, Judith A. Ramaley, John Tapogna, Margaret B. Neal, et al.. "Building a State for All Ages: Tapping the Potential of Older Oregonians" (2016)
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