Retirement community celebrates anniversary by learning about positive aging

Andrews talked about eliminating ageism in America.
Andrews talked about eliminating ageism in America.(WHSV)
Published: May. 1, 2018 at 3:09 PM EDT
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Bridgewater Retirement Community celebrated their 53rd Founder's Day by learning about positive aging.

Melissa Andrews, CEO and president of Leading Age Virginia, spoke to the crowd about how there is hope as people age.

Andrews explained someone turns 65 every seven seconds in the U.S., and by the year 2020, the Richmond area will have more people who are 65 years and older than school children.

She said it is important to plan for aging, so folks are able to live the lives they want.

"I mean, we're all aging, so our needs change as we age, so we need organizations that can help people be supported as they go through the aging process," said Andrews.

She said part of this is having support inside and outside the Bridgewater Retirement Community, and making sure they stay strong and engage the population.