After a successful 2016 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging in Richmond, the demand for a larger, more robust Conference on Aging was clear and that the conference location needed to be shifted so that aging advocates in other parts of the state could participate more fully. Building on the 2016 theme Designing our Future, the 2017 conference theme Design. Engage. Implement. will aim to take an active role in making Virginia a better place to live for our aging population.
This year’s program will also add a new focus area to engage community advocates from across the Commonwealth. The two-day 2017 conference will include breakout sessions focused on our four 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.
Virginia’s population is becoming older and more diverse. Today, there are nearly 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth over age 60, and this population will expand to more than two million by 2030 when the entire baby-boom generation will be between 66 and 84 years old. Virginia’s aging population will live longer due to advances in healthcare, and older Virginians with chronic conditions may need more assistance for longer periods of time.