The idea of the CAA began in 2014 after a group of leaders identified the growing population within our region of persons 65 years and older growing from 24,488 in 2000 to over 32,000 in 2010 and projected growth rates to 57,000 by the year 2030. Currently 9% of the population in Charlottesville and 16% of the population in Albemarle County are over the age of 60. With the large number of baby boomers reaching 60, there will be a marked shift in this population, However, increasing the number of seniors is also bringing challenges to the community:
- People living many more years after retirement, which results in reducing their resources.
- The lack of extended families due to smaller size of families, geographic distance, and /or estrangement, which results in lack of support and caregiving systems.
- Increase in the incidence of dementia in an aging population.
- Opportunities to utilize seniors in educational, recreational, workforce community needs.
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