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Shaddix Happy To Take Seat On County Aging Commission
Escalon resident Ann Shaddix has been appointed to a three-year term as Escalon’s representative for the county’s Commission on Aging. Marg Jackson/The Times

It seemed a natural next step, after getting involved in the formation of the ‘Escalon Fun Bunch’ for local senior citizens.

Ann Shaddix has now expanded her scope, with a recent appointment to the San Joaquin County Commission on Aging, tapped as the City of Escalon representative to the countywide panel. She was appointed to a three-year term by the Escalon City Council.

Shaddix said she is excited about the chance to serve at the county level.

“I believe that this will provide the opportunity to bring information to Escalon about various programs supporting seniors,” Shaddix said. “My interest in being on the Commission is to explore ways to better meet the healthcare, safety, housing, meals and transportation needs for seniors and explore ways for them to stay active and connected with others in the community. San Joaquin Aging Commission has many programs available and the committee has many ideas that will be useful.”

Shaddix has lived in Escalon since 2010 and was one of the original coordinators of the local senior citizen ‘Fun Bunch’ group that met multiple times in person at the Community Center and had a variety of special programs and monthly activities for seniors before having to curtail efforts during the stay-at-home order due to COVID-19. They are planning a ‘drive-thru’ Halloween treat bag giveaway event for local seniors on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Shaddix said she and fellow committee members planning Fun Bunch activities are eager to get back to ‘normal.’

“I have such a great committee,” Shaddix said of the local Fun Bunch. “They seem very excited about getting going again.”

Locally, Shaddix will stay involved with the Fun Bunch and will add the countywide service to her résumé as well.

The county’s Commission on Aging serves as an advisory body on aging matters to both the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Aging.

Also, commission members act as San Joaquin County Long-Term Care Coordinating Council/Adult Day Health Care Planning Council and advise the county board on long-term care. The meetings are held on the first Monday of each month; Shaddix attended her first meeting in September and said she looks forward to learning more about the work of the commission.

“I am excited about it because I am passionate about seniors, and especially having a place for them to obtain useful information and ways to keep them active and safe,” Shaddix said.