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New Kent County Community Discussion Group: Senior Connections Four Year Plan for Aging Services
The value of living in New Kent County for older adult is that it is a quiet, growing community that is conveniently located between Richmond and Williamsburg. It is an area that feels safe with a low crime rate and where you get a lot of value for your money.
Limited transportation and an overall lack of programs specifically for older adults are the most significant challenges for older adults. New Kent does not have alternative living opportunities such as Assisted Living or nursing homes. There is no adult day care provider and there are limited in-home care services which serve the County.
These limitations make it make it difficult on caregivers and older adults. Additional training for caregivers along with respite opportunities are needed in response to these gaps. Additionally there are limited opportunities for older adults to socialize and recreate with no specific senior programs offered through Parks and Recreation. Older adult residents expressed the feeling that they have no voice in the County. It was further expressed that seniors need "to come together."
Opportunities for addressing the issues were to provide a Resource Center for older adults where they could come together and connect and to offer older adult specific programs through the Parks and Recreation Department. It was also suggested that creating partnerships with the schools and the libraries would be an opportunity to provide computer education and multi-generational programs and encourage older adult peer mentors.
Four results-oriented work groups and community deliverables drive new momentum and progress through the delivery of concrete products that include: