The Fluvanna County community is hoping to make the area friendlier for seniors. The Fluvanna Parks and Recreation Department just wrapped up a series of workshops to get feedback.
The focus group had members from social services, parks and recreation, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Meals on Wheels and more.
Library activities, church communities, and the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) were a few things listed as strengths in the county. The groups voted the weaknesses as a lack of transportation for seniors and a lack of diversity at the senior center, among others.
Jason Smith, the director of Fluvanna Parks and Recreation, says people were concerned there's no one-stop shop for senior services in the area. With so many different organizations doing similar tasks - Smith says they are competing with one another.
"One of the opportunities for change is we have a Partnership for Aging Committee and we're trying to build membership back up and in that respect to help go knock on doors and reach more folks,” said Smith.
Smith says once the Partnership for Aging Committee gets more volunteers he wants members to go door to door and continue reaching out to seniors about their needs in the county.