It was the biggest story of 2017 for demographers at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  The aging of baby boomers is having a stunning effect on all age groups across Virginia and changing communities throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

On Friday, January 19 Jeri Schaff, Executive Director of VPAS and Beth Bland, VPAS Regional Director will explore this population shift with their presentation, “The Grey Wave: Aging in the Valley.” They’ll share growth projections indicating that the population of residents 65 and older is expected to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. In some rural Virginia areas, the population of older adults already exceeds 50%. The​ presentation​ will highlight this data and delve into the implications for our community. Special discussion will focus on community resources, workforce vacancies, caregivers, impacts on business; and older adult access to nutrition, housing, and healthcare.

We will also have a member spotlight by Joni Runzo – Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Association

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

Download the meeting agenda here.

You’ll have a chance to win a prize donated by Natalie Fitzwater, Director of Business Development at Life Care Center of New Market.

Also, remember to like our Facebook page Harrisonburg Seniors and share with others!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit

Contact Information:

Chair – Randy Atkins
Valley Care Management