Commonwealth Council on Aging 2014 Best Practices Awards Program
The Commonwealth Council on Aging is sponsoring the 2014 Best Practices Award Program funded in part by Dominion Resources targeted to organizations serving older Virginians and their families. As we struggle to meet the challenges of serving a rapidly aging population during a time of budget cuts and growing demand, we need to share our best practices and applaud our successes. All nominations must be made on the official nomination form. Please read the 2014 Best Practices Award Instructions prior to completing the nomination form. Nominations for the 2014 Awards must be received by 5pm on March 3, 2014.
This is the ninth year of the Best Practices Award Program and the Council is pleased to offer monetary awards to the top winners: The first place program will receive $5,000; second place, $3,000; and third place, $2,000. The Council will also recognize three honorable mention programs.
The awards will echo the message to develop and support programs and services that assist older adults to Age in the Community. This invites an opportunity to recognize creativity in services that foster "Livable Communities" and/or "Home and Community Based Supports" - from transportation to housing, from caregiver support to intergenerational programming. We believe the door is wide open for creative best practices.
The Council has recognized organizations as examples of best practices since 2006. A list of these organizations and a brief overview of their programs can be found on the Best Practices Awards page.
We thank Dominion Resources for its generous contribution, which allows us to recognize these organizations for their dedication and work in advancing services for the aging.
Commonwealth Council on Aging Report on Community Conversations
The Council is hosting a Community Conversation on Aging on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Senior Center of Greater Richmond, Inc. (2101 Maywill Street, Richmond, VA 23230). Here is the agenda.
The Council hosts a series of listening sessions, entitled Community Conversations on Aging, in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Newport News, and Woodbridge (Prince William Area). The topics discussed have been used to inform development of policy recommendations. Although there is regional variation, the most frequently discussed topics are housing, services information, and health care. Please click the link for a complete summary of the topics.
- “Housing” topics focused on affordability, but also addressed assisted living and home modifications and repairs.
- “Services Information” topics included access to, eligibility for, and coordination of home and community based services and supports, as well as the related roles of various state agencies.
- “Health Care” topics were most frequently related to Medicare coverage for medications, Medicaid coverage for services, and encouraging healthy living.
About the Commonwealth Council on Aging:
The Commonwealth Council on Aging is composed of citizens from all walks of life and all geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The Council promotes an efficient, coordinated approach by state government to meeting the needs of older Virginians. View here for an overview of the Council.
The Council has 19 appointed members and five ex-officio members. The Governor appoints 11 members, one from each of Virginia’s congressional districts. Of the remaining eight at-large members, four are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates and four by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections. View here for a list of Council Members.
The Council meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. Meetings of the Council and each of its committees are announced in advance on the Commonwealth Calendar. Minutes of recent meetings are also available on the Calendar. See links below.
Meetings and Minutes:
September 24, 2014 Quarterly Meeting
(Minutes for 2012 meetings are not posted. Contact us if you need a copy.)
July 9, 2014 Quarterly Meeting
April 9, 2014 Legislative Committee Meeting
April 9, 2014 Quarterly Meeting
March 24, 2014 Best Practices Committee Meeting
February 18, 2014 Quarterly Meeting -- Make-up date for January 22, 2014.
January 22, 2014 Quarterly Meeting -- This meeting has been cancelled due to weather.
January 9, 2014 Community Conversation on Aging
September 25, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
July 10, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
July 10, 2013 Legislative Committee
June 24, 2013 Legislative Committee
June 11, 2013 Nominating Committee
May 14, 2013 Community Conversation
April 10, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
April 10, 2013 Planning & Development Committee
March 26, 2013 Best Practices Committee
January 23, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
September 19, 2012 Quarterly Meeting
September 19, 2012 Planning & Development Committee Meeting
September 14, 2012 Best Practices Committee
June 20, 2012 Quarterly Meeting
June 8, 2012 Legislative Committee Meeting
April 11, 2012 Quarterly Meeting
April 11, 2012 Planning & Development Committee Meeting
April 3, 2012 Best Practices Committee
March 5, 2012 Best Practices Committee
All meetings are open to the public, and will be held from 10 am to 2pm at the Virginia Division for the Aging, unless otherwise noted. View directions to VDA. (.pdf)
Resources and other info:
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