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Why You Should Attend a Chatham Community Forum on Aging

People of all ages need to help plan for the county's "Silver Tsunami"

Post Date:10/19/2017 10:47 AM

From Dennis Streets, Director, Chatham County Council on Aging 

By 2035, it is projected that one in three people will be 65 years or older in Chatham County. Communities across the country are preparing for the so-called “Silver Tsunami” of boomers nearing retirement.

Chatham, too, is looking ahead by developing a plan for the future of “aging” within the county. A steering committee, representing all areas of Chatham, is holding three community forums this November to hear from Chatham residents of all ages.

Amy Gorely, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Community Outreach at Carolina Meadows and one of three committee co-chairs, emphasized the importance of these forums. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Chatham residents of all ages to make their voices heard. Please bring family, neighbors and friends to one of these forums. The future of Chatham County depends a lot on what we do to use the talents and meet the service needs of our aging population. You can help shape Chatham’s future by attending.”

Here is the schedule for the three forums:

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2:30-4:30pm at the Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City
  • Thursday, November 16, 2:30-4:30pm at the Chatham Community Library, 197 Highway 87 North in Pittsboro
  • Thursday, November 16, 5:00-7:00pm at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Highway 87 North, Pittsboro.

“Why should I attend, is likely a question many people are asking themselves,” remarked Tansy Long, a policy analyst for Chatham County and another committee co-chair.. “As a 36-year-old Gen-Xer, I can speak from several perspectives. First, it is essential that we have a roadmap for the next 20 years when we will see nearly a doubling of our population aged 60 and older in Chatham—representing about four in ten residents.Second, this is a personal issue for all of us. What we do in our younger years has a direct bearing on our older years. Plus many of us will find ourselves in caregiving situations for parents, grandparents or friends and neighbors.”

“These are just a few of the many reasons why people should make every effort to attend one of these forums,” added Anne Kissel, Chatham’s delegate to the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature and the third co-chair. “We want to hear what issues are most important to you and gather your ideas on how to improve the quality of life for all Chatham residents.”

For more information about this effort to develop an Aging Plan for Chatham County, visit the website of the Chatham County Council on Aging at www.chathamcoa.org.