On October 10, the cities of Independence and Monmouth received an AARP Livable Community designation at the annual Age-Friendly Summit at Western Oregon University.

Being a designated AARP Livable Community means our cities are intentionally dedicated to increasing accessibility for people of all ages in our communities.

AARP Oregon State Director Bandana Shrestha said the time is now for state leaders to take action on making communities more age-friendly.

“Oregon is now the oldest contiguous state west of the Mississippi,” Shrestha said. “Policies that support older adults benefit people of all ages and abilities. The Age-Friendly Summit elevates the contributions of older adults while exploring ideas that can enrich communities state-wide.”

The city of Independence looks forward to fostering a more inclusive, accessible, and welcoming community for everyone.