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Washoe County Senior Services
Master Plan Development Office
1155 E. Ninth Street
Reno NV 89512

The National Association of Counties (NACo) 2014 Achievement Award in Planning

Washoe County Master Plan for Aging Services:

A strategy for meeting community needs in the 21st Century

We live in a society where everyone can live a long healthy productive life. So it is very good news that the senior population is the fastest growing in Washoe County. In 2010 there were 76,000 people over the age of 60, in 2020 there will be 100,000 and by 2030 130,000. What can we do to ensure older citizens live in a community that provides opportunities and, when they need it, support services that help them remain independent?

  1. Create a Master Plan for Washoe County Senior Services, which includes goals and priorities to serve the most vulnerable seniors and innovations to attract new resources.
  2. Create a planning resource for businesses, agencies, hospitals and government.
  3. Create a resource for the State Legislature and State policy makers.
The Master Plan will focus on six areas that support seniors to help them “Age in Place:”
  1. Health and Caregiving
  2. Home & Community–Based Services / Long-Term Care
  3. Civic Engagement
  4. Active Living
  5. Labor Force Participation / Economic Security
  6. Basic Needs (Housing, Food, and Transportation)                          
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And, of course, Washoe County Senior Services will focus on supporting families who are providing care and helping seniors without family support, who are frail and homebound, or are a member of a minority community or are low income.

If you have suggestions or wish to volunteer to be a member of a committee working on this very important plan, you can call us at 775-328-2608 or send an e-mail to We respond to all questions and comments.

You may also leave a comment on “Open Washoe,” a county survey website that will feature questions about seniors over the next four months. Click Open Washoe to go to Open Washoe

Grady Tarbutton
Director, Washoe County Senior Services

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We would like to thank all individuals and organizations who have, are, or will be participating in the creation of the Washoe County Master Plan for Aging Services.

Click Here for a full list of participating individuals and organizations.

**Please Note** The list is in alphabetical order and is not meant to indicate the level of involvement.