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Section for Older Adult Resources
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About SOAR

ORPA's Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR) is a special interest network for professionals who are committed to addressing the diverse needs and interests of people 50+ in the areas of recreation, education, and social services. SOAR provides networking and educational opportunities on the latest trends in this growing field.

SOAR serves professionals working in senior centers, community centers, recreation, education, and social services, and deals with the needs of the older adult population with changing demographics, flexibility in changing needs, and using volunteers. SOAR: the sky’s the limit!

SOAR typically hosts two workshops per year that are focused on older adult recreation topics. The spring SOAR workshop offers a full day of up-to-the-minute training, networking, and best practices. Check the ORPA educational calendar to learn more.

Contact SOAR President Diane Sconce to learn more about this section and to get involved with SOAR.



SOAR Leadership

The SOAR board consists of older adult professionals who volunteer to design events and activities that benefit ORPA members and other professionals who focus on adult recreation and programs.

SOAR leaders welcome your concerns and ideas related to the section.

The 2016 SOAR Board



Diane Sconce, City of Eugene

President- Elect



Kindra Oliver, Lebanon Center

At-Large Members

Tina Johnson, Milwaukie Center

Kathy Wiseman, Pioneer Center (Oregon City)

Past President

Trish Phetteplace, Willamalane Adult Activities Center (Springfield)



Annual Section Awards

Depending on merit, SOAR presents up to two awards annually to SOAR members to recognize service in the older adult recreation field. Click on the award title to download the nomination form.

SOAR Outstanding Program/Service Award

SOAR Outstanding Community Service Award


Workshop Scholarships

SOAR has a limited number of partial scholarships available to ORPA’s SOAR members to attend ORPA/SOAR workshops. Click here to download the application form.


Senior Center Accreditation

Get your center the recognition it deserves through national accreditation!

To receive national accreditation a senior center must engage staff, leadership, seniors, and community partners in a dialogue which includes a comprehensive evaluation of the senior center in nine standard areas. The standards are developed by National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of NCOA (National Council on Aging) and are used to determine that the Senior Center is meeting its mission in a nationally accepted professional fashion. The starting point is "Self Assessment" and any Center of any size will benefit greatly from this process.

For more information on how to get started in the accreditation process, contact Diane Sconce at 541.682.5521.


Customizable Center Flyer

Section volunteers have developed a customizable flyer that you can use to promote  your center. Click the image to download the flyer.  



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