2013 Best Practices Awards Program
The Commonwealth Council on Aging sponsored the 2013 Best Practices Award Program funded by Dominion Power and targeted to organizations serving older Virginians and their families.
A caregiver program at Williamsburg’s Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health modeled on the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving’s signature program won the top 2013 Best Practices Award. This year’s top award honors the Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health for its “Caring for You, Caring for Me”. See the 2013 awards Press Release.
The awards 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 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:
(Minutes for 2012 meetings are not posted. Contact us if you need a copy.)
September 25, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
July 10, 2013 Quarterly Meeting
May 15, 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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