SHAPE the Future of Aging is a strategic plan to make Fairfax County a better place to age, for older adults to live safely, independently, and with dignity. SHAPE is an acronym that includes five areas of focus:
Services for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Housing and Neighborhood Supports
Access to Mobility Options
Economic Stability and Planning
The SHAPE the Future of Aging plan is aligned with the Fairfax County Strategic Plan and OneFairfax to address the needs of older adults as we plan for the future. The SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in May 2023.
Initiative Development Committees focused on each of the SHAPE categories will be developed and led by the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging in the coming months.
SHAPE the Future of Aging – County Conversation Podcast
Check out the County Conversation Podcast on the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan, as host Jim Person talks to Tara Turner, director of the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, about the plan and its importance to the community.
Note: Numbers in red and green indicate a change of more than 10 percentage points higher (green) or lower (red) than when the same question was asked in 2019. Whether that is a positive or a negative change depends on the type of question being asked:
For questions that ask for a rating of excellent or good, more positive response are higher numbers.
For questions that ask if the characteristic is a minor problem, moderate problem or major problem, more positive responses are lower numbers.
Questions that ask about the frequency of events vary depending on the topic (e.g., fewer hospital stays are more positive as are a greater number of visits with friends and family).
Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA)
Fairfax County, together with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, collected input to learn more about the aging experience in our area to plan for a more aging-friendly community.