Greater Richmond Age Wave honored as a History Maker

This volunteer opportunity fair held Tuesday, September 29 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds is one event Age Wave is promoting as part of International Active Aging Week.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is once again a proud sponsor of The Valentine Richmond History Makers Awards.  They recognize people and organizations helping to shape our region.

One of the 2015 winners is Greater Richmond Age Wave.

Director Sara Link describes Age Wave as a regional collaberative. She says, “it’s about the existing work in the community and really lifting that and elevating that so people in the community know the resources that already exist.”

She explains Age Wave was founded in 2009 and is now a joint initiative through Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, and VCU’s Department of Gerontology.

Together they work with eight localities to figure out how to handle the projected growth among the region’s senior population. By 2030, Age Wave expects the number of people aged 65 and over will double. The population of those 85 and older will more than triple.

“The age wave is a fact,” says Linda Van Aken, who got involved three years ago when Chesterfield, the only county in the state with a Senior Advocate, wanted to find and fill gaps in senior services.

“It cannot be a government solution. It’s too big,” she chuckles. “So we need the community to come together.”

This singer entertains the crowd at the volunteer opportunity fair at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds on September 29.
This singer entertains the crowd at the volunteer opportunity fair at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds on September 29.

This week Age Wave is overseeing several events in the area to celebrate International Active Aging Week. There will be many more in the months and years to come to engage this population and get them involved.

“Seniors add value and wisdom to our communities. Seniors are the people that look after our young ones. Seniors are the people that pass down knowledge over generations,” Link says. “It’s important that us, as a community fabric, that we value people of all stages of life.”

Along with Age Wave, 2015 History Makers Award winners include Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), Darcy Oman, Ana Edwards and low-power FM radio station WRIR.

They will be honored at a ceremony at The Valentine on October 20.  Follow this link for ticket information.

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