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Commonwealth Council on Aging 2018 Best Practices Award Winners

The Commonwealth Council on Aging is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Best Practices Awards:

FIRST PLACE

Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church has developed a new delivery system called Rebuilding Together Express to make home modifications and repairs to help many more low-income seniors age in place in their homes. For the past 29 years, Rebuilding Together-AFF has mobilized scores of community partners and hundreds of volunteers each year to make health and safety repairs at no charge to low-income homeowners. But so many older homeowners’ need for limited repairs and home modifications to age in place far outstripped capacity to respond. Similar to the supermarket express lane, Rebuilding Together Express offers much faster service for “fewer items.” Small teams of 4-5 volunteers typically work 4-5 hours on each home and spend about $400 - $500 for materials to correct 30 health and safety hazards common in older homes. Fall safety is a top priority, with grab bars, double stair rails, comfort-height toilets, and brighter lighting leading the list of repairs. But Rebuilding Together Express also addresses fire safety, security, moisture and ventilation problems, and energy upgrades. Rebuilding Together Express teams completed 35 homes in 2017. Camaraderie among volunteers is steadily increasing their ranks and building capacity will be for at least 50 homes in 2018.

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SECOND PLACE

The Caregivers Community Network (CCN) is a collaborative effort between Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and James Madison University's Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (JMU-IIHHS). It is the only program in the state of Virginia which pairs college students with caregiving families to provide intergenerational care and in-home caregiver respite. Students enroll in Issues and Applications of Family Care Giving: Interprofessional Perspectives which is the elective course affiliated with CCN. They are trained to work with older adults, especially those who are frail and who have cognitive impairments. Students are paired and spend 3 hours each week in local homes where they offer respite to caregivers. They work closely with each family to determine the needs and interests of the care recipient, and they plan activities accordingly. While many of our students are nursing and health science majors, CCN's work is a non-medical model and is based on the social and emotional aspects of care.

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THIRD PLACE

The Dementia Care Coordination Program is a model integrated and coordinated care system for individuals with dementia and their caregivers undertaken in partnership between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic (MACC), and DARS. The partners developed this program with the aim of creating a replicable best practice for dementia care coordination in Virginia. Individuals with a recent diagnosis of a neurodegenerative process causing dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease) or Mild Cognitive Impairment are eligible for the program. JABA and MACC each hired a Care Coordinator (CC) with backgrounds in health, social work or nursing, and experience in aging, medical or mental health. A comprehensive 30-hour training program was developed using existing materials available through the Commonwealth of Virginia (alzpossible.org) and the Alzheimer’s Association and others. In addition, CCs are certified as Options Counselors under Virginia standards and utilize the statewide No Wrong Door (NWD) tool. CCs provide coordinated care including options counseling, education on dementia, behavioral symptom management training and expert consultation, and eligibility assistance. Both CCs are embedded in the MACC and work in partnership with the interdisciplinary care team.

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The Council gave honorable mentions to the following organizations:

  • RVA Reassurance Roundtable of metro Richmond, including: Commonwealth Catholic Charities; Jewish Family Services; Senior Connections, Capital Area Agency on Aging; FeedMore; Office of the Senior Advocate – Chesterfield and Henrico counties and the City of Richmond; VCU Health’s Geriatric and Continuum Services; Shepherd’s Center of Richmond; Better Housing Coalition; Hanover County Resources; and Greater Richmond Age Wave
  • Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, Williamsburg, for Microlearning: Little Message with a Big Impact
  • Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, for its Caregiver Program

To view a copy of the press release, click here.  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 for 2017 and 2006-2016.

This is the thirteenth 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 Aging Programs within the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has three advisory boards. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 2.2-2100, advisory boards provide advice and comment to an executive branch agency or office. An advisory board, commission or council serves as a formal liaison between the agency or office and the public to ensure that the agency or office understands public concerns and that the activities of the agency or office are communicated to the public. An advisory board, commission or council does not serve a regulatory or rule-making purpose. It may participate in the development of public policy by providing comment and advice.



The advisory boards meet quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. All meetings will be held from 10 am to 2pm at the Aging Programs, unless otherwise noted. View directions to VDA.

Upcoming Meetings can be found on the Commonwealth Calendar. You can search by date or by keyword.




Older Adult Financial Exploitation Presentation

Recognizing the need for protection of vulnerable adults, especially those with cognitive impairment, Chris Desimone, a lawyer and a member of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission, organized a panel of experts that included a geriatrician and Virginia State Police Officer to raise public awareness of financial exploitation, the Crime of the 21st Century, at the Virginia Governor's Conference on Aging in May 2017. Goal three of the Dementia State Plan calls for training and includes the objective to provide dementia specific training to professional first responders, financial services personnel, and the legal profession, identifying financial exploitation as an essential topic.



Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission

CCoA LogoThe purpose of the Commission is to assist people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their caregivers.

The Commission also sponsors a website that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth's commitment to those affected by Alzheimer's disease. This website contains information that can assist both family members and community service providers. It lists a series of free educational "webinars" on topics that impact persons dealing with the disease. The website is www.alzpossible.org.

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Commonwealth Council on Aging

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You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.




Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board

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