Urbanna, VA 23175
RSVP sponsor Bay Aging was established in 1978 to serve seniors and people with disabilities throughout the 10 counties of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. The RSVP program has been an integral function of Bay Aging since the very beginning.
As the Baby Boom generation races toward traditional retirement age, the 60+ age set will make up 30% of the region's total population by 2020 and 38% by 2030 -- all greater than the state average. Also escalating is the number of adults age 85 and over, increasing more than 40% in just ten years. Recognizing the coming "Age Wave," the Virginia General Assembly expanded the duties of the Virginia Department for the Aging by mandating a four-year planning process for aging services. At the same time, Area Agencies on Aging have been mandated to do more with fewer resources. The goal of RSVP sponsor Bay Aging's is to maintain a solid foundation from which aging services can reach today's seniors and people with disabilities and to plan for the increasing number of people who will need services in the next few years. The RSVP program plays a huge role in meeting some of these needs.
Meals on Wheels is the most well known and provides the most critical of the most basic need for mankind -- food. No one should have to go hungry! Bay Aging has a dedicated core group of RSVP volunteers who tirelessly make themselves available to deliver meals to the homebound frail, elderly and people with disabilities. Active Lifestyle Centers (senior centers) are the focal point in 325 senior's lives. These people receive nutritional meals, participate in a variety of activities and learn how to better manage their health and nutritional needs. Access to transportation is a huge issue throughout Virginia and can be especially challenging in rural areas. RSVP volunteers help ensure that seniors and people with disabilities have access to the services they need through MedCarry non-emergency transportation. Public safety is essential to help seniors avoid becoming victims to fraud. Building the capacity of Bay Aging's volunteer resources is becoming more critical as we work together to stay ahead of the incoming wave.