The four scenarios are:
• A Haven in the Suburbs: An expectable future in which Howard County
maintains its high quality of life and provides an expanded offering
to older adults that evolves to meet the needs and preferences of the
• Aging in a Hard Place: A challenging future in which economic
recession and cuts in federal employment swell the ranks of
vulnerable older adults and reduce the funding available to meet
• A Village on a Cloud : An aspirational future in which high-tech
entrepreneurship and a focus on strengthening community come
together to create a new infrastructure for 21st century living, with
new tools for older adults.
• Keepers of the Meaning: An aspirational future in which policy makers
detach physical and mental decline from the construct of
chronological age, prompting a reorganization of social structures all
across the life course.