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Hanover County Community Discussion: Senior Connections Four Year Plan for Aging Services
The value of living in Hanover County for older adults is that is considered a safe place to live with a high level of community engagement by the Department of Social Services, Hanover Sheriffs office and the Ashland Police Department. Both the sheriff's office and police department are vested in the older adult community and participate in Project Lifesaver for children and older adults. Hanover is considered a beautiful county where people feel they have history. Hanover offers a sense of community that allows for autonomy as well as privacy. Attendees feel that Hanover is a beautiful county with a variety of activities and faith organizations for older adults to participate with. There are good schools, places to eat and access to medical service.
The most significant challenges faced by older adults are that there is no affordable and accessible public transportation. There is volunteer transportation for individuals who are ambulatory; however, it is not well-known that the service is available. There is also a lack of affordable senior housing and limited or no alternative housing options, such as Assisted Living, Nursing Home, income based or senior housing. Hanover County is spread out and services are offered in limited parts of the County. The Friendship Cafe and the partnership with the YMCA for the Growing Younger Program are significant resources to the community. While the community is very spread out churches and word of mouth are the most effective ways that older adult are receiving information. Senior Law Day was also recognized as a valuable resource. There was interest in training on how to use technology.
12 Minutes of Age Wave Movement PowerPoint
12 Minutes of Age Wave Movement
Featuring Lisa Adkins, Administrator at Department of Community Resources
Four results-oriented work groups and community deliverables drive new momentum and progress through the delivery of concrete products that include: