Reston for a Lifetime is group of concerned citizens and organizations seeking to understand the needs and perceptions of Restonians and help create solutions toward making Reston a great place for people of all ages and abilities.
2009 - 2010
Residents throughout the Hunter Mill District worked closely with a Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and a variety of community organizations to produce a forum at Reston Community Center. To prepare for the event an extensive survey and outreach was conducted by volunteers. Click here for survey results The results of the survey were used to create the agenda for the Aging in Community Forum.
Nearly 300 attended an Oct. 9, 2010 Aging in Community Forum that featured a panel of "aging in community" models from other regions. Residents then met in small groups and engaged in a dialogue to discuss issues and set the stage to create solutions for the future.
In spite of the weather and a night time meeting over 100 interested residents attended the "Next Steps" Planning Meeting - Aging in Reston at Reston Community Center Theatre on Nov. 16, 2010. At the meeting attendees were presented with the research and data from the Aging in Reston survey and the Aging in Community Forum. Click here to access all materials.
The group engaged in a lively interactive dialogue that centered around "gaps" in services. The meeting concluded with an introduction to the Convenors of four working groups that will dig deeper into key issues over the next three months. Nearly everyone in the audience volunteered to help out on a group!
Phase I Report - Each of the four working groups met periodically and focused on key issues that are of concern to Reston residents. Phase One concluded in April 2011 with a report that summarizes each groups findings and suggests the next steps for the initiative.
Phase II Plans
After final review and analysis the planning group has agreed to move forward with another 4 month phase. A draft of the direction, goals and structure for this phase can be found by clicking here.
A New Name and New Focus - Reston for a Lifetime! At the July 16 Phase II Kickoff meeting a new name was announced "Reston for a Lifetime". The new name embraces the spirit of the initiative and encourages all ages to join in the effort to make Reston even better to live for everyone.
Reston for a Lifetime produced "Staying in Reston for a Lifetime: Can I Afford It?" a free event was held at the newly expanded Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, and covered topics such as Fairfax County tax relief, the cost of home ownership and apartment rental in Reston, senior housing options, home modifications, legal documents to protect your assets, investment strategies, and accounting and financing strategies.
Over 100 attendees enjoyed meeting each other and learning about alternative transportation resources at the "Getting Around Reston" Transportation Forum. The event was opened by Hunter Mill District Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, who shared her perspective and insights on transportation in the region. Supervisor Hudgins was followed by two panel presentations and an opportunity for attendees to visit well over a dozen resources on display at RCC and in the parking lot.
At the event, Reston for a Lifetime launched a FREE membership initiative in an effort to better connect like-minded residents and implement future programming. Click here to join
Stay tuned to this website or sign up on the email list to be notified about the upcoming group meetings!