As we have delved into the successes, challenges and barriers of healthy aging in the Greater Richmond Region, it has been our joy and privilege to work with a number of community partners. From each, we have learned more about what it takes to make our community better for people of all ages. We’ve discovered tremendous infrastructure, programs, collaboration and resources for seniors throughout our area. Westminster Canterbury Foundation is proud to be actively working with each of these partners to add our voice, our expertise, our volunteerism and even our investment – and most importantly continuing to learn from them.
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Community Needs Assessment – Westminster Canterbury Foundation partnered with Holleran Consulting to conduct a multi-phase Community Needs Assessment resulting in the thorough report available here. How was the study conducted?
Phase One: Holleran studied secondary data comprised of data obtained from existing reputable resources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For all demographic and health indicator statistics, data from Richmond City, VA, and Henrico County, VA, were incorporated.
Phase Two: Key informants – professionals working in senior services throughout greater Richmond – responded to a targeted survey to identify barriers and challenges to healthy aging in our region.
Phase Three: Seniors from greater Richmond responded to a targeted survey gathering their perspectives from a consumer point of view.
This data-rich report is full of testimony and identifies the key findings of this assessment. Feel free to use this information however you set fit.
Key Findings of Needs Assesment (Executive Summary)
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On October 25, 2017, Westminster Canterbury Richmond hosted the Live Life Well RVA Symposium: Exploring Healthy Aging. Speakers included:
Melissa Andrews, LeadingAge Virginia
Nikki Rineer and Mallory McCloskey, Holleran Consulting
The Honorable Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond
John Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
Dr. Thelma Bland Watson, Senior Connections
Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, VCU Gerontology
Imagine an RVA where all neighbors live life well. Leaders share ways to improve the lives of all citizens, particularly those entering elderhood, as we explore healthy aging in our region. Westminster Canterbury Richmond shares results from our recent community needs study.
Levar Stoney – Mayor of Richmond
John Vithoulkas – Henrico County Manager
Nikki Rineer and Mallory McCloskey – Holleran Consulting
Melissa Andrews – LeadingAge Virginia
Gayle Hunter Haglund – Director Westminster Canterbury Foundation
Dr. Thelma Bland Watson – Senior Connections
Dr. E. Ayn Welleford – VCU Gerontology