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5/29/2012

New Commission on Aging members to hold inaugural meeting

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Colete Anderson, Community Planning
Phone: (360) 397-2280 ext. 4516
colete.anderson@clark.wa.gov

Jacqui Kamp, Community Planning
Phone: (360) 397-2280 ext. 4913
jacqueline.kamp@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – The Clark County Commission on Aging will hold its first meeting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Earlier this month, the Board of County Commissioners appointed members to the commission, which will serve as a leadership and advocacy panel in addressing needs of the aging population as the county and cities put into place provisions of the Aging Readiness Plan.

The newly named commission members are: Bob Holdridge, former director of Portland and Multnomah County Area on Aging; Lisa Rasmussen, Guardian ad Litem for Clark County Superior Court; Chuck Frayer, U.S. Forest Service accessibility specialist; Patricia Gray, owner of Angelbrook Senior Living, LLC; Kathy McLaughlin, owner of A Caring Heart, Senior Housing Referral Service; Randy Scheel, owner of Park Lido and Caretique; Kiersten Ware, gerontologist, founder of ElderFriends; Karin Woll, retired realtor; Rebecca Sigler of Graham & Graham Eldercare Consultants.

Following a national trend, Clark County’s population of 60+ is projected to almost double by 2030. By then, one in four Clark County residents will be 60 or better.

Anticipating this growth and its impact on local communities, the Board approved an Aging Readiness Plan that identifies how the community can increase and improve conditions and opportunities for people who want to remain in Clark County as they age. The Aging Readiness Plan provides 91 strategies to increase equal access to housing, transportation, recreation, lifestyle choices, supportive services and civic/social engagement. The plan was developed with extensive community conversations, and has become a catalyst for change in the region.

For more information about the commission and implementing the Aging Readiness Plan, please visit the county website at http://www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

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