Tuesday, May 21,
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
6th Floor Hearing Room
1300 Franklin St.,
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Clark County, Wash., like everywhere in the country, is anticipating a huge surge in the number of residents 60 or better. Today, one in six residents is 60 or older, and the number will increase to one in four by 2030.
With a silver tidal wave coming our way, the Board of Clark County Commissioners appointed a 9-member Commission on Aging in June 2012. The commission is charged with implementing the 91 strategies in the Aging Readiness Plan to improve the community’s capacity to support its growing older population and ultimately benefit all ages.
Recognizing the vast task at hand, the commission established by-laws, a vision, mission and guiding principles (PDF) and work committees.
As community ambassadors, the Commission on Aging provides leadership, advocacy, community awareness, and develops partnerships to initiate positive change toward an all-age friendly, livable community.
Commission on Aging work committees
The commission has established work committees based on the five elements of the plan and invites anyone who would like to participate to contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Healthy Communities – Karin Woll
The committee is looking at improving the built environment to provide opportunities for better physical and mental health.
2. Housing – Bob Holdridge
The committee is charged with implementing housing strategies targeted to affordable housing and communities that incorporate universal design features to help people remain in their homes and neighborhoods.
3. Transportation and Mobility – Chuck Frayer
This committee is focusing on ideas that would provide different transportation options.
4. Supportive Services – Gary Beagle
The committee is charged with increasing the availability of information about and access to services are critical to remain independent as long as possible.
5. Community Engagement – Kathy McLaughlin
The committee is implementing strategies that provide sufficient and meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning and engagement in social and civic activities.
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To request public records involving the Aging Readiness Plan or the Commission on Aging, contact Mary Beth O'Donnell at (360) 397-2280 or email MaryBeth.O'Donnell@clark.wa.gov.
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