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Appleton starts second term on Washington Council on Aging
OLYMPIA – State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd) will continue to serve the state’s senior citizens as a member of the Washington Council on Aging.
The Council was established by the Legislature to advise the governor, the Department of Social and Health Services and the state’s Office on Aging.
Appleton was reappointed to the Council by Speaker of the House Frank Chopp.
The Council has the following powers and duties:
— To serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor, the Secretary of Social and Health Services and the State Unit on Aging on all matters pertaining to policies, programs and services affecting older persons;
— To create public awareness of the special needs and potentialities of older persons;
— To provide for self-advocacy by older citizens of the state through sponsorship of training, legislative and other conferences, workshops and such other methods as may be deemed appropriate; and
— To establish bylaws to aid in the performance of its powers and duties.
“I’m grateful for the chance to continue serving on the Council,” Appleton said. “Washington is fortunate to have a growing population of elders, including many who have come here from other states to enjoy the wonderful place others have called home for generations. This is a vital segment of our population, one that grows more important every day.”