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A Bit About Us

NEWs: After 18 years of service to the community, as of 2023 MOVE has closed our doors. This website will be going dark in the coming months. Thank you to everyone who carries the passion for person-centered care into the community!

MOVE (Making Oregon Vital for Elders) is a statewide coalition of dedicated organizations and individuals united in changing the way Oregonians feel about health and long-term care for older adults.

Building on the principles of the Pioneer Network, providers, educators, advocates, state agencies and many others founded MOVE in 2005. MOVE is one of many coalitions striving to implement the principles of the Pioneer Network, a national advocacy organization committed to changing the culture of aging in America. MOVE has helped many long-term care providers in Oregon make the “culture change” journey.


A Culture of Aging that is Life-Affirming, Satisfying, Humane and Meaningful.



We are dedicated to culture change by enhancing the way care and services are delivered to older adults throughout Oregon. Our goal is for all people to live in communities where each person’s capabilities and individuality are affirmed and developed regardless of setting.


MOVE is committed to the values adopted by the Pioneer Network:

  • Know each person

  • Each person can and does make a difference

  • Relationship is the fundamental building block of transformed culture

  • Respond to spirit, as well as mind and body

  • Risk taking is a normal part of life

  • Put person before task

  • All people are entitled to self-determination wherever they live

  • Community is the antidote to institutionalization

  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

  • Promote the growth and development of all

  • Shape and use the potential of the environment in all aspects: physical, organizational, and psycho-social/spiritual

  • Practice self-examination, searching for new creativity and opportunities for doing better

  • Recognize that culture change and transformation are not a destination but a journey; always works-in-progress

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