Aging for Life: It Means Retiring the Word “Retirement”


Aging for Life participants (left to right) Lucie Ferguson, Sharon Brewer, Betty Squire, Guy Kinman, and Robert Pratt.

Retirement for many older Americans this past May has meant being a part of a month-long celebration themed Get Into The Act. Each May, the Federal Administration for Community Living recognizes contributions of older adults to our nation, a tradition established in 1963. This year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, hosted an Open House honoring various local organizations and residents for their contributions to the Greater Richmond region. Some highlights of the event included:

• Senior Arts and Craft Show and Sale- benefiting Friendship Cafes
• Zumba Demonstration
• Healthy Cooking Demonstration and Samples
• Premiere of Greater Richmond Age Waves’ Aging for Life video

This June, in sync with last month’s celebration, RVA’s first Friday will include an Arts Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center, featuring creations by older adults in their Studio S program. In addition, there will be a screening and panel discussion of Aging for Life. This video features senior leaders, resources, and providers in our region and showcases an array of community engagement opportunities and best practices to promote healthy, autonomous aging across generations. Following the video, there will be a facilitated panel discussion with individuals who participated in this new production. Panelists will share their secrets to remaining active and connected to our community. They will also inspire us to consider the myriad of activities available to Richmonders and why we can continue to be one of the best places in the country to live, thrive and age. Please come join us!

What: Art Exhibition Closing Celebration
Featuring: Studio S artworks and Aging for Life video

When: Friday, June 5th at 6-8:30 pm
7:00 pm: Premiere of Aging for Life, followed by panel discussion

Where: Visual Arts Center
1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220