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New members sought for county’s Council on Aging

The Snohomish County Council on Aging (COA) is seeking vibrant new members for terms beginning in January 2014. Snohomish County residents interested in the needs and issues facing older persons and younger persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for COA membership. The COA manages federal, state and local funds targeted for the county's elderly citizens.

"We are continuing to build an even more effective Council on Aging to promote the physical and emotional well-being of senior Snohomish County residents," said Council Chair Ron Vivion.

The 30-member citizens' advisory board is a key adviser for the Long Term Care and Aging Office of Snohomish County's Human Services Department and for the county executive. COA members represent the community, plan funding and program issues, are active in legislative matters, and monitor the quality of programs and services.

New members will begin three-year terms Jan. 1, 2014. The COA meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December) from 10 a.m. to noon. Smaller committee groups meet according to need. All meetings occur during work hours.

Sub-committees of the council include the legislative committee, finance, allocations and evaluations committee, mental wellness and the senior centers committees, as well as an ad hoc disabilities committee.

The Council on Aging strives for a diverse membership that represents all the areas of the county. Snohomish County residents who represent the needs of ethnic and racial minority communities, older persons wishing to improve the quality of life for senior citizens, persons who represent organizations that serve older and younger disabled persons, locally elected officials, and members of the general public are all encouraged to apply. Members come from varied backgrounds and draw from life experience and knowledge to create a dynamic and effective organization.

Interested residents must complete and file an application form by Friday, Sept. 20, with Snohomish County Long Term Care and Aging. To receive an application, contact Joyce Frasu at j.frasu@snoco.org or 425-388-7377. Applications may also be printed directly from the Snohomish County Council on Aging website at http://bit.ly/r0he0q.

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