By TRAVIS HANDY
There are a number of issues facing the growing population of elderly individuals in the New River Valley and beyond. The month of April will afford many in our area a number of opportunities to join in the conversation about those issues and become involved in making the NRV a better place for our aging population.
The New River Valley Agency on Aging (AOA is looking for input from the community in their Community Conversations on Aging series, with public meetings to be held throughout the agency’s service area, covering four counties and one city.
The series will involve meetings scheduled in each of the localities in the AOA’s coverage area; the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Floyd, Montgomery and the city of Radford.
“The purpose of having the Community Conversations on Aging in the various communities is to obtain input so that we can get a better grasp on the needs that could be specific to that community,” said Tina King, executive director for the NRVAOA. “We recognize that every community is unique.”
The agency wants to hear from the general public, older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, service providers, and local and state officials concerning the following topics:
Current and future needs of older adults and adults with disabilities;
“Aging in Place” issues and recommended solutions
Offering brief information from the AOA regarding existing services, initiatives and trends
“‘Aging in Place’ is the ability to remain in one’s own home or community in spite of potential changes in health and functioning in later life,” explained King, indicating the growing interest in making communities more conducive to letting seniors continue living in their own communities or homes as they grow older.
Three characteristics that facilitate aging in place relate to whether or not there is a variety of accessible and affordable housing; does the community have features that promote access to the community, such as transportation options, safe neighborhoods and driving conditions, and thirdly, does the community provide a wide range of supports an services for seniors and opportunities to participate in community life.
The meetings are scheduled throughout April for the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013- noon to 1 p.m.: Floyd County Library Meeting Room located at 321 West Main St., Floyd. (Feel free to bring your lunch)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, noon to 1 p.m.: Dublin Library Meeting Room located at 300 Giles Ave., Dublin. (Feel free to bring your lunch)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4 to 5 p.m.: Giles County Senior Center located at 1320 Wenonah Ave., Pearisburg.
Thursday, April 18, 2013, noon to 1 p.m.: Montgomery County Government Center, Multi-Purpose Room #1. The Government Center is located at 755 Roanoke St., Christiansburg. (Feel free to bring your lunch).
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, noon to 1 p.m.: Radford Recreation Center, Multi-purpose Rooms 3 and 4. The Radford Recreation Center is located at 200 George St., Radford. (Feel free to bring your lunch)
Reservations are not required for the community conversations. If specific accommodations are needed or to find out more information, contact the Agency on Aging at 980-7720, email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com or call toll free, 1-866-4417.