On May 24, 2012, we celebrated the Rollout of the first Greater Richmond Regional Plan for Age Wave Readiness. This Plan is a model that can be used by other communities. It is an initiative by leaders in business, government, education, health care, human services, the faith community and foundations. The purpose of our Age Wave Readiness Plan is to help all of us understand the huge demographic change that is occurring in our community and that will continue into the future. The demographic shift will impact every part of our community. This plan is the result of three years of collective work by the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Senior Connections, residents and representatives of key sectors. Special thanks are extended to Genworth for hosting the Rollout event, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for funding, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission for assistance, the Older Dominion Partnership for data and the Virginia Department for the Aging for encouragement. The Plan represents the Region’s consensus of what it takes to make our Region vibrant, safe and prosperous for residents of all ages and abilities. The Age Wave Plan has been guided by three principles:
· Older adults will be viewed as resources to the community, not just as service recipients.
· The plan will build on our region’s unique assets and other regional collaborative efforts in Greater Richmond.
· Age Wave preparedness is critical for individuals as well as families in the Greater Richmond Region. The plan will foster multi-
Thanks to all who continue to assist with this effort as we move to the implementation stage. Please take an opportunity to read the Plan and offer your suggestions as you consider what role you might play in making Great Richmond a positive, healthy and safe place for all ages. For more information, please visit yourunitedway.org/age wave. We appreciate your interest and support.