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the private sector to address the vast needs of area seniors in the coming years .
“ There is a growing market response to older individuals who want to stay in their own homes . I believe the market will continue to respond , and we ’ ll start to see more housing options for older adults ,” Marshall said . “ To meet the demand , the private sector really needs to respond .”
Noticeable progress by the County began within the first year of the plan ’ s implementation and has continued since .
The County ’ s Planning and Development Department began working toward affordable housing options . They twice supported Prosperity Unlimited grant applications with a pledge of $ 200,000 . Prosperity Unlimited recently received notification of their grant award that will bring affordable senior-living options to the Kannapolis area . The County ’ s Active Living and Parks Department , which administers senior wellness programs and runs the County ’ s senior centers , added outdoor fitness equipment to the facility in Concord and expanded center hours and offerings . The County is also researching the addition of a new facility to meet recreational and educational needs of seniors as part of its long-range planning efforts .
Then came Journeys magazine .
In 2016 , Cabarrus County Government began producing the Journeys publication . Published three times a year , the magazine is a road map for programs and services that apply to residents ages 50 and older . It illustrates the impact of programs using actual personal stories of local seniors . The publication also includes tips and resources from local experts who incorporate strategies to improve the quality of life of seniors in Cabarrus County .
Because the County produces Journeys magazine , it is free to residents . There are no ads for commercial interests or promotion of scams that target seniors .
All of that is just a start . As the strategic plan evolves over the next few years , the subcommittees will continue to monitor progress and amend it as needed .
“ We want residents in Cabarrus County to understand this is something just for them ,” Cabarrus County

Active Living and Parks Director Londa Strong said . “ We ’ re among a handful of communities in North Carolina and across the country that are strategically focused on caring for older adults . We have a Board of Commissioners that is behind the plan . The time is right and a lot of good will come from it .” n

Not only will the Baby Boomer generation age in unprecedented numbers and live longer , they will do so with vastly different attitudes , faiths , experiences , preferences , cultures and lifestyle choices .
— Cabarrus County Aging Strategic Plan
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the private sector to address the vast needs of area seniors in the coming years. “There is a growing market response to older individuals who want to stay in their own homes. I believe the market will continue to respond, and we’ll start to see more housing options for older adults,” Marshall said. “To meet the demand, the private sector really needs to respond.” Noticeable progress by the County began within the first year of the plan’s implementation and has continued since. The County’s Planning and Development Department began working toward affordable housing options. They twice supported Prosperity Unlimited grant applications with a pledge of $200,000. Prosperity Unlimited recently received notification of their grant award that will bring affordable senior-living options to the Kannapolis area. The County’s Active Living and Parks Department, which administers senior wellness programs and runs the County’s senior centers, added outdoor fitness equipment to the facility in Concord and expanded center hours and offerings. The County is also researching the addition of a new facility to meet recreational and educational needs of seniors as part of its long-range planning efforts. Then came Journeys magazine. In 2016, Cabarrus County Government began producing the Journeys publication. Published three times a year, the magazine is a road map for programs and services that apply to residents ages 50 and older. It illustrates the impact of programs using actual personal stories of local seniors. The publication also includes tips and resources from local expert 2v6'&FR7G&FVvW2F&fRFRVƗGbƖfPb6V'26&''W26VG&V6W6RFR6VG&GV6W2W&W2vR@2g&VRF&W6FVG2FW&R&RG2f"6W&6FW&W7G2"&Fb662FBF&vWB6V'2bFB2W7B7F'B2FR7G&FVv2WffW0fW"FRWBfWrV'2FR7V&6֗GFVW2v6FVRFF"&w&W72BVBB2VVFVB( vRvB&W6FVG26&''W26VGFVFW'7F@F226WFrW7Bf"FV( 6&''W26VG7FfRƗfrB&2F&V7F"F7G&r6B( v^( &RrFgVb6VFW2'F6&ƖB7&72FR6VG'FB&R7G&FVv6ǐf7W6VB6&rf"FW"GVG2vRfR&&@b6֗76W'2FB2&VBFRFRFR0&vBBBbvBv6Rg&B( ࠤBǒvFR&'&W"vVW&FvRV&V6VFVFV@V&W'2BƗfRvW"FWvF6vFf7FǒFffW&VBGFGVFW2fF2WW&V6W2&VfW&V6W27VGW&W2BƖfW7GR66W2( B6&''W26VGvr7G&FVv2ࠧwwr6&''W66VGW26V'0