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Commission on Aging August speaker to focus on the benefits of walking and bicycling for seniors

Area residents can learn more about active transportation at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Tue., Aug. 21

VANCOUVER — Walking and biking can contribute to healthy aging by improving seniors’ mobility, access to services, and physical and mental health. Improving and developing well-connected, attractive bike and pedestrian routes that are safe, convenient and user-friendly can support aging-in-place.

Area residents can learn more about active transportation at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Tue., Aug. 21. The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public.

Dr. Jennifer Dill, a professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, PSU, and director of PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center, will discuss the benefits of active transportation and how the design of the built environment can impact an older person’s health and independence.

The Aug. 21 discussion is the fifth meeting this year focused on transportation, especially for people 60 and older. Transportation is the hallmark of a livable community, allowing residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence. For a schedule of topics, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2018-transportation-speaker-series.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members.

For more about the commission, visit www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/commission-aging.

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