Seniors: Armed with Knowledge
Older Americans make up the fastest-growing segment of the population. By 2025, 25 percent of Virginia’s population will be age 60 and up. According to the 2010 U.S. Census nearly 14 percent of the population of Winchester and Frederick County were 65 and older. In 2011 AARP named Winchester one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live (and Retire) Affordably in the U.S.
Local law enforcement officials and senior group leaders recognize the growing elderly population in our area and are joining efforts to create the Winchester/Frederick County TRIAD. TRIAD is a partnership between the local sheriff’s offices, police department, seniors and senior service providers in the community who work together to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly.
The local Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council (S.A.L.T. Council) includes representatives from the Winchester Police Department, Winchester City Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, more than a dozen senior service providers, and local seniors.
The Winchester/Frederick County TRIAD will be holding a senior festival on March 31st. The event, Seniors: Armed with Knowledge, is free for local seniors. The festival will include vendors, a free lunch, and speakers on the following topics:
• Memory Loss
• Financial Safety
• Powers of Attorney
• Advanced Medical Directives
• Home Health Care and Long-term Care Options
The senior festival will be held from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p. m. in the Valley Health Conference Center at 1888 Amherst Street. Registration is required by March 14th. Please contact Jennifer Benavente at (540) 327-4284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.