A county in the state of Virginia seems to have become the ideal location for retirement living.
The elderly population in Shenandoah County is growing every year, according to the Shenandoah Valley-Herald. Twenty percent of its residents are over the age of 65, and these folks need a place to live.
That's why the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) went to the Board of Supervisors and Woodstock Town Council to get approval for a plan to transform an old school into cottages for seniors.
"After the board asked if we would be interested in finding a use for the school, we went and looked at it, seeing that it needed some work," said Helen Cockrell to the Herald.
Cockrell is the executive director of the SAAA. "We began talking to the housing authority, found that there is a strong need for senior housing and it became our new project."
On September 8, the Board of Advisors voted to allow the project to move forward.
According to the CIA, 12.8 percent of the country's population is 65 or older. There are about 17 million male seniors and 22.6 million female seniors in the U.S. today.