The Commission on Aging advises the County Executive, County Council and County government programs, including the Area Agency on Aging, and serves as an advocate on behalf of the County's older adult residents. The new officers, who come from backgrounds in health care, community senior centers, communications and public policy are:
• Chair, Judith Welles, Bethesda/Cabin John
• Vice Chair, Tammy Duell, Clarksburg
• 2nd Vice Chair, Paul Del Ponte, Kensington
• Treasurer, Grace Whipple, Gaithersburg
• Secretary, Judith Levy, Bethesda
Today there are 119,500 residents age 65 and older in Montgomery County. By 2030, that number is expected to reach nearly 190,000, an increase of nearly 40 percent. Montgomery County has 17 percent of the entire State of Maryland’s 65+ population, including the largest share of Asian and Hispanic elderly in the State;
The Commission’s goal is to help residents age successfully in the County. The Commission supports both safety net services for the frail elderly and programs to meet the interests and needs of all older adults living in the County.
The Commission has 25 members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. They bring expertise from business, community service, labor, government, health organizations or agencies concerned with aging. Members serve three-year terms and new members are appointed annually.
The Commission meets once each month and holds committee meetings during the month – all open to the public.
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Information about the Commission’s activities and meetings can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COA or by calling 240-777 1120. Information and resources for older adults can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/senior or by calling