(SANTA ANA) – Government officials, providers of senior services, and Orange County seniors will attend a reception next week for the County's recently appointed director of the Area Agency on Aging. The event begins at 9 a.m., January 31 at the Old County Courthouse, 211 West Santa Ana Boulevard in Santa Ana.
"Research by Chapman University shows that seniors are the fastest-growing age group in Orange County and will account for nearly a quarter of the population by 2020," said Bill Baker, Community Services Agency Director. "We want everyone to learn more about the services AAA provides and know that AAA is available to help seniors with a variety of needs."
Following a nationwide search, the Board of Supervisors named Pamela M. Mokler, a gerontologist, as AAA director.
Mokler has more than nine years of experience working with the senior community on a variety of issues including housing and healthcare. In 1997, she received a master's degree in gerontology from California State University, Long Beach.
Under her direction, the Area Agency on Aging will coordinate and advocate support services for the County's senior population. The agency has a staff of 15 specialists and an annual budget of approximately $8 million.