Age-Friendly Portland

Contact: Linda Weare (

Joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities: 2014-08-03

Structure: Municipal staff with volunteer committee

HIghlight of 2023: Expansion of our Age Friendly Business Program and implementation of the "Ramp Up for Accessibility" program funded through an AARP Community Challenge grant 2022-2023

Featured in Lifelong Maine News, May 2023

Age-Friendly Portland's Initiatives and Accomplishments:

Civic Participation and Employment

Age Friendly Business Program- provides age-friendly designation to Portland businesses that meet certain criteria for inclusiveness and accessibility for people of all ages and abilities. 

Communication and Information

Portland Resource Guide- Second edition translated into four foreign languages most commonly spoken in Portland; Spanish, Arabic, Somali, French 


Volunteer Snow Shoveling Program - Community volunteers shovel sidewalks, walkways, and steps for older Portland homeowners. 

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Ramp Up for Accessibility- 2022 Community Challenge grant funds used to purchase portable ramps and doorbells for businesses and organizations with steps/limited access at the entrance.