GFCA sponsored a special TownHall meeting on December 1 to provide residents with a broad understanding of nonprofit and county programs that support senior citizens and that can assist those seniors looking to age in place in their own homes. Several Great Falls organizations asked for GFCA’s support to get the word out about these programs.
Over 60 people attended the seminar, held at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Following opening remarks from GFCA President Bill Canis and Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, six speakers addressed issues and resources that may be of interest to all senior citizens and their families. Five of the speakers provided presentations that we are sharing with the community on our website:
- Great Falls Senior Center (Carol Blackwell) — provides social and educational programs to seniors throughout the year
- Shepherd’s Center of Great Falls (Carol Edelstein) — recently launched a new free transportation service for Great Falls seniors to get to important appointments and errands
- Dementia Friendly America (Toni Reinhart) — this national organization provides caregiving for residents with dementia and a Great Falls chapter may soon be formed
- Fairfax County Division of Adult & Aging Services (Grace Lynch) — summarizes many county programs and a central phone number to learn more
- Eldementals (Karen McPhail) — provides ‘how to’ planning for many aspects of retirement and aging in place
We have established a Senior Resource page on our website (gfca.org) where these and additional resources over time will be permanently available. You can visit it here to download any or all of these presentations.
The sixth speaker was Stan Corey, a retired financial planner and author of When Work Becomes Optional, a primer for people nearing retirement, already in retirement, or for those caring for family or friends in retirement (available on Amazon and other booksellers https://www.amazon.com/When-Work-Becomes-Optional-Corey/dp/0692147527/ ). In describing five stages of retirement, he noted that reaching retirement itself should not be a goal; people should continue planning for life events and making decisions so that others do not have to make them in haste when emergencies arise.
GFCA may hold similar seminars in the future if residents and local organizations feel it would be helpful to our community. Please let us know what you think by dropping a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.