County Services for Older Adults, Just a Phone Call Away
Fairfax County’s Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource Line at
703-324-7948, TTY 703-449-1186, is staffed by experienced social workers,
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They can answer quick
questions, such the location of the nearest senior centers, and provide
advice on more complicated issues such as finding the right services for
a frail, older adult.
To see services the County offers older adults, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices. You’ll note in the ‘Services’ column at the far left, a wide range of services, including Adult Day Health Care, Adult Protective Services, Care Management, Caregiver Support, Meals on Wheels and Medicare Counseling. The ‘Recreation’ column lists links to the county’s varied recreational and prevention programs including senior centers, a chronic disease management program, Adult and Community Education and the library’s event page. There is even a link to an online chair yoga video. The third column provides a listing of community engagement opportunities including boards, authorities, commissions and other policy-making and community development activities. It also lists Volunteer Solutions, a volunteer program that provides services to older adults such as Meals on Wheels.
In the final column to the far right, there is an appeal to Follow-us! Here you’ll find links to the events calendar for caregiver and Medicare seminars, a speaker request page, and links to subscription pages for the monthly Fairfax 50+ E-News and the Golden Gazette print newspaper. You’ll also see a link to three online resource guides. Worthy of special note is SeniorNavigator, a state-wide search engine where you’ll find public and private services as well as excellent articles on staying healthy and caregiving.
Retired? Consider Joining the Life-Long Learning Institute
Affiliated with Northern Virginia Community College, the Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia (LLI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing educational opportunities to older adults. LLI offers courses and special interest groups throughout the year, day and overnight trips, an overseas study/travel program, and local social events. Classes are scheduled throughout the year and are held on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the NVCC Annandale campus and off-campus in churches, community centers, and public libraries. Courses offered vary each session. Examples include literature, history, health, science, religion, computer skills, art appreciation, genealogy, philosophy, yoga, and poetry. An open house and speaker forum is held once a month at the NVCC Annandale campus. For more information call the LLI office at 703-503-0600 or view the web site at http:/lli.nova.org. Annual membership is $110 per year.
Help Improve Transportation Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Your answers to a brief survey will help the County improve
transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities.
The questionnaire consists of 27 mostly multiple-choice questions, taking
five to ten minutes to complete. Take the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mobilityoptions
The survey is sponsored by the Fairfax Area Mobility and Transportation Committee, which reports jointly to the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council. If you require an alternate format of the survey, contact Jill Clark at 703-324-5874, TTY 703-449-1186.