Why this matters:
The population of the older adult community in the Shenandoah Valley is on the rise, with the segment
of adults age 75+ growing twice as fast as households overall. Last year, Bridgewater Retirement Community partnered with Valley Program for Aging Services and Holleran, an independent consulting and research firm, to identify the needs facing seniors living in Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Augusta. How equipped is our community to handle the needs of an aging population? What are the challenges facing seniors today? And what are the challenges they’ll be facing five years from today? This comprehensive study offers a robust overview of the current status of older adults and identifies problem areas our community needs to address to prepare for the next generation of seniors.
BRC and VPAS will continue to share our findings with community leaders and the public, including at the State of the Older Adult Community Conversation at JMU later this year. Beyond talk, we must work together to address the needs identified by the study. With a forward-thinking, cooperative approach, we can work together to make the Shenandoah Valley a better place for healthy aging.
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