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first_imghttp://www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/taskforce.htmlIf Clark County can help its ever-growing elderly population stay healthy over the coming decades, it can pay off for everybody in the community.That was one of the messages Thursday afternoon from Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of public health at the University of Washington.Frumkin discussed creating healthier communities during a workshop held by the county’s Aging Readiness Task Force. The task force was appointed to assess the county’s capacity to serve a growing number of older people. “I’m interested in helping people stay as self-sufficient as they can,” said Vancouver resident Erica Kelley, one of 25 members. “I enjoy good health myself, so I’m one of the fortunate people. I can pay it back a bit.”Clark County is doing a good job of getting ahead of that curve, Frumkin said just before his presentation in the Vancouver Barracks Red Cross Building.“This is innovative,” he said.Very few areas are applying the concept of preparedness, usually the realm of emergency response, to long-term population trends such as graying populations, Frumkin said.last_img read more

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