Waynesboro forum to address senior issues

Nearly 18 percent of Waynesboro residents are age 65 and older, 5 percent above the national average, with growth in the senior population forecast both locally and nationally in the next 10 years that could push the numbers nationally to one in five people and in Waynesboro to one in four.

“We want to try to stay ahead of what some people are calling the ‘aging tsunami,’ ” said Melissa Crocker, the chair of the Waynesboro Senior Advocacy Commission, which is hosting the first Waynesboro Senior Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Waynesboro First Baptist Church, 301 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro.

A panel of local speakers representing the Valley Program for Aging Services, Virginia Regional Transit and other community organizations that deal directly with senior-living issues will lead the Senior Forum, titled Making Community Connections.

The aim of the Senior Advocacy Commission is just that, to “connect policymakers, caregivers, seniors and their family members to start what we hope is an ongoing community dialogue on senior issues in Waynesboro,” Crocker said.

The Forum will include presentations by a panel of local senior-living experts, a question-and-answer session and an information fair.

For more information about the Forum, contact Crocker at WaynesboroSeniors@gmail.com.


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