It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes one to care for its senior residents.
Along those lines, Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust this week launched the McLean Village Exchange, an aging-in-place initiative open to members of McLean organizations, homeowner associations and faith-based groups that directly serve or represent older adults or adults with disabilities.
“McLean is an aging community; 30% of McLean’s 63,000 residents are 55 years of age or over. We must address the needs of this population and make McLean a community known for neighbors helping neighbors,” Foust said in a statement.
The purpose of the McLean Village Exchange is to identify unmet needs of those groups and to make recommendations on how to change that.
The exchange is the second program to launch thanks to McLean Community: A Village for All Ages, a community forum Foust sponsored in 2011, according to a news release.
The first product of that program was the McLean Senior Source, a free information center that operates under the leadership of the McLean Community Center. The McLean Senior Source is designed to provide information and connect older residents and adults with disabilities, along with their families, neighbors and caregivers, to existing county, faith-based and nonprofit resources.
For more information about the McLean Village Exchange or McLean Senior Source, contact Renuka Chander at RenukaChanderMCVA@gmail.com or Jenny Phipps in Foust’s office at 703-471-5075, TTY 711 or by email at Jenny.Phipps@fairfaxcounty.gov.