Senior women doing Tai Chi


The YWCA’s Senior Services Program
offers a wide range of information and support to seniors, with an emphasis on low-income seniors over the age of 60 years. Our aim is to empower seniors to maintain healthy and independent lives in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Our services cater to the needs of seniors and their caregivers, and include:

  • care management
  • information and referral
  • respite and support for caregivers
  • activities and support groups
  • insurance counseling
  • transportation
  • legal assistance

The Senior Services team also act as advocates for their clients by facilitating their access to services provided by the YWCA’s partner agencies. These services include personal care, housekeeping, adult day care, and other services.

How You Can Help:

Volunteer as a Thrift Store Assistant to support the YWCA’s work in serving our senior population.

Donate gently used items to our Thrift Store. To coordinate a drop-off appointment in East County, contact Cyndy Smith at (503) 721-6771 or email cyndys@ywcapdx.org.

Shop at our Thrift Store. The cost of merchandise ranges from 50 cents to $5 and includes clothing, shoes, household goods, books, and costume jewelry.

Active Aging

The Senior Services team adopts a holistic approach to aging by providing services that promote both physical and mental well-being. Examples of our programs include nutrition education, fitness classes, and social support groups. Program participants may serve on the Advisory Council and assist in the planning of advocacy activities.

Our clients also have access to Aggie’s Place is a fully equipped exercise center, staffed by a certified fitness trainer who specializes in working with seniors. We promote active aging, with a focus on strength and balance training. Our instructor also teaches exercises designed to help relieve arthritis symptoms.

Aggie’s place offers:

  • free orientation with a certified fitness trainer
  • personal training
  • access to cardiovascular and weight equipment
  • arthritis exercises

Located in the Multnomah County East building in Gresham, Aggie’s Place is open to clients aged 60 years or older. Membership is just $10 for 10 visits.

What are you waiting for? Contact us now!

Facts About Seniors & Aging:

  • By 2020, 1 in 5 people in the United States will be age 60 years and older.

  • 90 percent of Americans aged 65 years and older want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

  • Promoting autonomy in seniors instills them with a sense of pride.

  • For every 13 seniors who remain at home and delay entering a nursing facility, the state and federal budgets save $1 million.

The Thrift Store

The YWCA Thrift Store provides seniors, caregivers, and the local community access to affordable merchandise such as clothing, shoes, and household goods. The Thrift Store is located in the East Multnomah County building in Gresham, which is easily accessible by public transport. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, 100% of the profits of the store are reinvested in the YWCA of Greater Portland’s Senior Services Program.

To learn about our YWCA thrift store, click here.

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