Advocate for the Aging

Preparing to age in Reston

Last Saturday, I got to participate in a forum on aging in Reston that took place at the Reston Community Center. I have to admit, I was reluctant to go on such a beautiful Saturday, a day that Ocktoberfest took place at the Reston Town Center. Beer sounded way more fun.

Like more than 300 other people, I attended the forum and was really glad I did. It was intended to help people from Reston and the surrounding communities start the conversation on what we need to be able to stay in our homes and the communities we love as we age. We heard from four different community-based models: Mount Vernon at Home, Community Without Walls, Partners in Care and Burning Tree Village. It was very interesting to hear how other communities are dealing with these issues. Reston is already a community that has active, involved citizens. Just try and put a shopping center on a piece of wetlands and see how involved we are.

This week, I am scheduled to go to a follow up meeting for the planning committee and I'll be able to hear what ideas and concerns came out of the break out sessions. I'll be very interested to hear what kinds of ideas are coming out of this community.

I expect the next few years to be very interesting around here. By 2020, Fairfax County estimates that over 20 percent of us will be over 50 years old. The Metro will be arriving in Reston in 2013, changing the character of some of our neighborhoods, but also giving us more transportation options.

Stay tuned. I'll keep blogging and letting you know how it's going from my perspective.

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Toni Reinhart

 |  October 15, 2010; 6:59 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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