Aging in Place: Taking Advantage of Resources

Each month in the Beacon we will feature an “aging in place scenario,” that uses a fictional call to the Area Agency on Aging to help showcase the many options aging adults have in Fairfax County.

Name: Lynne Reacher
Age: 63

Each month in the Beacon we will feature an “aging in place scenario,” that uses a fictional call to the Area Agency on Aging to help showcase the many options aging adults have in Fairfax County.

CONCERN: Caller is a Registered nurse who lives out of state. Caller is concerned for her married sister, Lynne, who lives with her spouse. Her sister’s spouse is still working full time, leaving the client home alone during the day. Client has short term memory loss, has difficulty participating in conversation and word finding. Caller states client can no longer drive, remains in the house all day, and cannot use cab system due to short term memory loss. Caller is looking for options for her sister to improve her well-being and give her the best possible quality of life. Caller states her spouse has not made any attempt to seek services and has not researched any services in Fairfax County.

RESPONSE: We receive multiple phone calls from out of state relatives concerned with their loved ones declining abilities. In this particular case, we highly recommended Adult Day Health Care, a program that provides recreational and well-being programs. Adult Day Health Care operates from six locations in Fairfax County, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are provided breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Hand to hand transportation is provided for participants as long as they attend the facility closest to their home. Medications are also administered if needed and assistance is provided for restroom needs even if client is incontinent. Clients may qualify for a Medicaid program that will pay for the cost of attending. Costs are determined using a sliding scale fee and can cost between$16.00 to $95.00. Some Long Term Care Insurance benefit plans can also be considered to meet the cost. Also, cost does not affect the caregiver’s income unless of course, the client is married. Client would be able to socialize, reduce her loneliness and isolation during the day, improve her memory and generally enjoy her day at the program whether she chooses to attend two or five days a week. The caller was encouraged to consult with her sister and her spouse, call the nearest Adult Day Health Care Center and plan a visit soon.

Adult Day Health Care Locations
•Annandale Center
7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
703-750-3316; TTY 711
•Lewinsville Center
1609 Great Falls Street
McLean, VA 22101
703-734-1718; TTY 711
•Lincolnia Center
4710 N. Chambliss Street
Alexandria, VA 22312
703-914-0226; TTY 711
•Mt. Vernon Center
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 137
Alexandria, VA 22309
703-704-6050; TTY 711
•Herndon House Center
875 Grace Street
Herndon, VA 20170
703-435-8729; TTY 711

Braddock District Office: 703-425-9300 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Area Agency on Aging: 703-324-7948 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Human Services Corner

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
~Oscar Wilde
Many outstanding events and occasions are taking place in the Braddock District this October.
Upcoming Events:
•Your tax payment is due Monday, Oct. 7. More than 800,000 Personal Property (car) Tax bills have been mailed to county residents. For more information, visit
•Support Group for Family Members of Persons with Mental Health Symptoms Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Meetings are free and held at Mount Vernon Center for Community Mental Health, 8119 Holland Road, Alexandria. Your input about topics is welcome. RSVP to ensure enough space and handouts. Please contact Maureen McCracken, Behavioral Nurse Specialist, at 703-799-2705, TTY 711 or email Reasonable ADA accommodations made with notice given 14 days before an event.

•October 8 – Suicide Prevention. Guest Speaker: Vicki Johns, Chair, Educational Committee, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

•American Red Cross Blood Drive (Government Center) - Friday, Oct. 11, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3. Fuel your community by donating blood. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit (sponsor code 0533623) to schedule your lifesaving donation.

•Don’t miss an exciting new conference about wellness and recovery coming to Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale on Friday, October 11! Check out the website at to read about the great line-up of speakers and workshops. You can also register online from the website. The event is for individuals who have mental health issues and/or substance use disorders and for professional staff and others who are interested in the topic of wellness and recovery. The $20 cost includes everything, including box lunch and workshops. Some scholarships are available.

•On Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the department and all 37 fire and rescue stations cordially invites the general public to participate in a community open house, spotlighting fire prevention. The theme for 2013 is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” It serves to remind us all of the simple actions we can take to stay safe from fire year round. Every firehouse will host activities, provide tours, and have available fire prevention educational materials. For more information, call your community fire station ( or Public Affairs and Life Safety Education, 703-246-3801.

•Alzheimer’s Family Day Center Offers Free Classes for Family Caregivers. Classes meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax. To register, e-mail or call 703-204-4664, TTY 711. Respite care is available.

•Braddock District Aging in Place and Fairfax County are offering Medicare 101 – an extensive program on Medicare basics – on Wednesday October 30th at Kings Park Regional Library, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015. No registration necessary! Find more information at


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