work for you!
We are 12 volunteers appointed by
elected officials of Fairfax County, Falls Church and the City
We advocate for the needs of older adults and tap
their potential to enrich the community.
The federal Older
Americans Act mandates that local area agencies on
aging have community advisory committees. The Fairfax Area
Commission on Aging is the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging’s
community advisory committee. It advises the agency on
developing and coordinating community services, policies,
programs and actions affecting older adults in the Fairfax area
As your representatives, we need to hear from you. We hope
you’ll consider the following:
Join us at a monthly meeting to share your ideas and
concerns. Each meeting begins with a public comment
period. Meetings are at 12:00 noon on the third
Wednesday every month, except August.
Find meeting locations.
Invite us to speak to your group or faith community. We can
discuss our accomplishments, the challenges lying ahead,
and the importance of advocacy in preserving quality
community services. Email us.
Share your concerns and ideas with us by email.
Commission on Aging Chairman Tena Bluhm accepeted the Board of
Supervisors proclamation of May 2012 as Older Americans Month.
The proclamation endorsed the nationwide theme, "Never too
Old to Play."
The proclamation acknowledges the county’s efforts to
develop recreational activities, learning opportunities and
support systems that allow older adults to age in place so
they may continue to play a vital role in our community.
It also acknowledges the hundreds of county older
adults who serve on boards, commissions and authorities and
who volunteer thousands of service hours.
Tena Bluhm later discussed the theme, Never
too Old to Play, with Channel 16.
See photos of the
Older Americans Month 2012 Proclamation reception.
Together with the Board of Supervisors, we oversee
implementation of the Fairfax
50+ Plan. Adopted in 2007, the plan guides the county in
creating a “more aging friendly community.”
We represent the Fairfax area on the Northern Virginia Aging
Network, an advocacy group that each year develops a state
legislative platform on aging issues and advocates for its
adoption by the state legislature.
We testify before the Board of Supervisors on policy and
budgetary issues affecting older adults.
Older adults will be self-sufficient and will
avoid premature dependence.
Older adults will have meaningful activities including
volunteer opportunities that allow them to engage with their
Older adults will have effective support systems - especially
those who are vulnerable, socially or culturally isolated,
who have a disability or who need protection from abuse,
neglect, or exploitation.
Older adults will be aware of community services.
2013 Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes
2012 Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes
The Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
at their June 20, 2012 meeting at
Lincolnia Senior Center in Alexandria.
L-R Standing: Nazir Bhagat, Tom Bash,
Kay Larmer, Daniel Henderson,
Julie Bloom Ellis, Joseph A. Heastie,
Suzanne Rudiselle, and
Dr. Kenneth B. Malmberg.
L-R Seated: Maureen Renault (vice
chairman) and Tena Bluhm (chairman).
Mary Jo Rasmussen is also on the
commission but not pictured here.