Diane-WalkerAging in place is a phenomenon that I expect the baby boomers will greatly transform, with the creation of wonderful communities like Shepherd Village. My interest in living in community stems from seeking a solution to aging gracefully, while maintaining quality of life and autonomy. A solution that is fiscally sound blended with the friendships that evolve in community and privacy when desired.

There are many things I enjoy, and most of these activities involve the outdoors. Bicycling has been a way for me to see the world both locally and internationally. I also enjoy gardening, kayaking, sailing and dancing. Cooking has been a pleasure as well, and I am always learning from my son who is a chef in New York.

My career in nursing continues to be quite rewarding and has spanned nearly 40 years. I currently work as a nurse practitioner providing hospice care in the Winchester area. Most recently, I have enjoyed shaping legislation to increase access to health care for the people of Virginia through the expansion of nurse practitioner scope of practice and teaching nurse practitioner students at Shenandoah University about professional issues and health policy.

I look forward to continued participation in the creation of Shepherd Village and the wisdom shared by the many talented individuals in this lovely community!