Aging & Disability Services

“Life changes, and sometimes you need a little help”

We serve seniors (people age 60 and older), people with disabilities age 18 and older, and veterans. We’re here to identify resources that will let them live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Our services include:

  • a 24-hour helpline that serves as the “front door” to all resources available to seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans
  • helping people identify and enroll in government programs such as Medicaid and Food Stamps
  • identification and investigation of possible abuse against seniors and people with disabilities
  • guardianship services for people who are unable to make decisions for themselves,
  • licensing and monitoring of adult care homes, which provide housing and other services in small, family-type settings
  • coordination of services with Seniors Centers and other community partners outreach to ethnic minority populations


Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) HELPLINE: 503-988-3646 provides 24-hour information and assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

News and Announcements

Planning for the Future

Portland State University's Population Research Center has developed population projections to 2017 and 2025 for ADS and its community partners, and the data are summarized in a PowerPoint presentation that can be viewed by clicking here. For questions, please contact David Hanson, 503-988-3769,

The Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland

The Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland was approved by the Portland City Council in October 2013, and represents the culmination of a planning process led by Portland State University's Institute on Aging as part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities Project.

Live Winter Shelter News

Every year 211 Info publishes a list of winter shelters that are available from November 1 - March 31. This comprehensive list is updated regularly. For up to date weather information click here or call 211.

Medicare Open Enrollment - Help is Available!

Enrollment events are staffed by trained Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Volunteers and can assist Medicare eligible recipients with plan comparisons for 2014.  

Fall 2013 Alzheimer's Association Calendar of Classes and Workshops

Registration is now open for all classes and workshops at the Alzheimer's Association for fall 2013. To register for a course, call 1-800-272-3900.  All workshops are free. Registration is required for all classes. For classes that offer CEU credits, payments can be made at the door. The price of 1.5 CEUs is $15. 

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