Aging task force to vote next week on draft plan

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Clark County’s Aging Readiness Task Force will vote next week on its draft Aging Readiness Plan and prepare for its report to the community.

The task force will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Following the national trend, Clark County’s population of people ages 60 and older is increasing and projected to nearly double by 2025.

By then, experts estimate, one in four Clark County residents will be 60 or older.

In early 2010, the Board of County Commissioners appointed a task force to assess the county’s capacity to serve a growing number of older people. The task force concentrated on housing, transportation, healthy communities, support services and community engagement as it developed a draft plan to prepare the county for the aging boom and keep it livable for residents of all ages.

The plan will be outlined during the task force’s Aging Readiness Report to Community at 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Foster Hall auditorium at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Those interested in attending the Oct. 27 event should register at http://www.clark.wa.gov/aging or call 360-397-2280, ext. 4958.

The plan is also available for review on that website.