The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging are hosting the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging on May 11-12, 2020 in Richmond. The 2020 conference, “Connect. Collaborate. Contribute: Communities for the Future” will provide the opportunity for participants to take an active role in making Virginia a better place to live for our aging population. The two day conference will include breakout sessions in three focus areas and keynote speakers that will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. The conference will yield recommendations to current and future policy makers on measures to be taken to make Virginia one of the most livable states for all ages.
Virginia’s population is becoming older and more diverse. Today there are nearly 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth age 60 and over, and this population will expand to more than two million by 2030 when the baby boom generation will be between 66 and 84 years old. Virginia’s aging population is living longer due to the advances in health care; older Virginians with chronic conditions to receive assistance for longer periods of time and they will also serve as valuable resources. This year’s program will also add a new focus area to engage community advocates from across the Commonwealth. The two day 2020 conference will include breakout sessions focused on our three topic areas and keynote speakers that will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. Moreover, the conference will yield recommendations for current and future policy makers on measures to be taken to make Virginia the most age-friendly state in the Union.