Commission on Aging meeting to focus on normal vs. unexpected signs of aging

VANCOUVER — Aging reflects changes that occur over the course of life. Some changes are normal and expected as we age, and others, such as memory loss and confusion, are not. Learn what is normal and what is not at the Tue., April 18, meeting of the Commission on Aging.

The 4:30 p.m. meeting will be in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public.

Shanti Potts, an instructor at Clark College, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington and the Developmental Disabilities Administration, will speak about factors that contribute to pseudodementia and its early signs and symptoms.

Aging reflects changes that occur over the course of life. Some changes are normal and expected as we age, and others, such as memory loss and confusion, are not.
Aging reflects changes that occur over the course of life. Some changes are normal and expected as we age, and others, such as memory loss and confusion, are not.

Potts has more than 25 years of experience working with and advocating for seniors and those with disabilities. She has worked with unpaid family caregivers and professional care providers, and spent a dozen years in memory care and assisted living management. Potts volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Portland and Clark County Elder Justice Center.

The April 18 discussion is the second of nine meetings this year focused on supportive services, especially for people 50 and older. Research reveals that 87 percent of people prefer to retire in place and will need a variety of services so they can remain in their home as long as possible. For a schedule of topics, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2017-housing-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.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Information provided by Clark County communications.

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