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6/10/2013

Commission on Aging highlights first year’s accomplishments

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

Vancouver, WA – The Commission on Aging will present the results of its first year work to the Board of County Commissions Tuesday, June 18.

The nine-member volunteer panel will meet with the board 4:30-6 p.m. in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Commission on Aging was formed in 2012 as an advocacy panel to help the county put into place 91 strategies identified in the Aging Readiness Plan, a community assessment by a countywide citizen task force.

At the meeting, commission members will share work underway to implement some Aging Readiness Plan strategies. Highlights include an overview of projects such as Universal Green Design, time banking and TeleHealth.

As elsewhere around the United States, Clark County’s population of 60+ is growing and projected to almost double by 2030. The Board of County Commissioners appointed the task force to look at whether the county is ready for the aging boom, and if not, how it could be. The result was the Aging Readiness Plan, which focuses on housing, transportation, recreation, lifestyle choices, support services and civic and social engagement.

In its first year, the commission completed six strategies and launched another 39. The task force identified another 46 long-term opportunities.

For more information: www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/commission.html.

The June 18 meeting will be carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and on the web at www.cvtv.org. On Wednesday, June 19, it will replay on CVTV Channel 21 at 9 a.m. and Channel 23 at 1 p.m.

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