Department of Family Services – Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Division Director

Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes - January 2019


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 — 1-3 p.m.
West Springfield Governmental Center
Community Room, 6140 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152


Commissioners Present
Carolyn Sutterfield (Chair), Mike Perel (Vice Chair), Tom Bash, Cathy Cole, Sharron Dreyer, Joe Heastie, Kathy Hoyt, Gwendolyn Minton, Cathy Muha, Diane Watson

Commissioners Absent
Kay Larmer (excused)

Staff Present
Trina Mayhan-Webb, Jacquie Woodruff

Others Present
Evan Braff, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Linda Hernandez-Giblin, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Theresa Brown, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Mary Belanich, Goodwin House; Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County Health Department; Diane Boyd, Business Owner; Courtney Arroyo, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management; Mary Jane Dye, Fairfax County Department of Family Services' Adult and Aging Division; Sandy Dalhoff, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Paul Wexler, ServiceSource, Inc.; Sheila Dunheimer, Hunters Valley Association

Call to Order; Introductions; Additions to Agenda; Approval of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes
Chair Carolyn Sutterfield called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. Carolyn asked the COA and members of the public to introduce themselves.

Gwenn motioned that the agenda be approved. Sharron seconded. Cathy Cole motioned that the minutes be approved. Kathy Hoyt seconded.

Public Comment
No public comment.

Presentation: Senior Centers Update – Evan Braff, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
Evan presented scenarios describing senior center participants and the range of programs they join. Programs and activities at Fairfax County Senior Centers are available for adults ages 50 and over. There are currently 14 senior centers and two centers without walls; 361,908 people attended senior centers in 2018. Registered members of the county's network of senior centers enjoy pursuing hobbies, fitness goals, and special interests (such as art, music, and technology), building friendships and attending a wide variety of activities with their peers.

Since 2010, annual attendance has increased by 40%. Senior centers offer the beginning of the continuum of older adult services offered by Fairfax County. The staff to participant ratio is 1:30. Ninety-four percent of participants indicated satisfaction. Benefits include increased health, increased community involvement, increased socialization, and more involvement in meaningful activities.

Senior centers are also equipped to offer specialized services for older adults with minor cognitive and physical disabilities to actively participate in the day-to-day activities of the center. The Congregate Meals Program offers prepared, nutritious, hot and cold meals for eligible participants according to an income-based, sliding donation scale, while guests pay a fee. Reservations are requested and can be made at the senior center.

The Congregate Meals Program regularly serves 1,456 participants. Individual participants can enroll to receive rides to the senior center via Fastran on a space-available basis. Senior center fees are $48 per year with a $24 option for participants with a qualifying income. Most class sessions are 8-10 weeks for $5. Attendance has increased by 40% since fees were introduced in 2009. The fees only cover a small percentage of operational costs. Registrations are now available online.

Fairfax County is now offering partnerships with nonprofit and for-profit organizations moving toward intergenerational centers. Long-term planning includes a Springfield community center. NCS doesn't want ageism to get in the way of someone attending a center. Targeting programing is included at intergenerational centers.

Kathy Hoyt stated that she has been member of Lincolnia Senior Center for 20 years and has appreciated the appealing offerings, including trips.

Old Business
Carolyn modeled two name tag choices: lanyard or clip-on. Trina stated that magnetic name tags shouldn't be ordered due to pacemaker warnings. Cathy Cole motioned that the COA transition to a clip-on badge with non‑italicized font. Sharron seconded. The COA unanimously voted for this option.

Carolyn and Diane will attend the Community Health Improvement Plan's Behavioral Health Committee.

Sharron reported that the 50+ homeless initiative is progressing with shelter construction.

The Library's multigenerational outreach program will work with the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) on a bookmobile project. Linda Hernandez-Giblin will represent the AAA on this project.

Cathy Muha reported that she and Area Agency on Aging Dietitian Maria Loh will attend the WFCM open house to recruit for their food insecurity pilot.

Diane stated that workshops regarding loneliness will be held in February at the Arlington Central Library and the Aurora Hills Community & Senior Center.

Tom stated that the "Moment in Time" homeless census will be taken on January 23.

Tom received a report that the Taxi Voucher program will be incorporated into a new swipe card. MetroAccess is going to expand its access ride program into Virginia in June.

Kay and Joe continue to work on the 50+ medical transportation initiative, including support of the mobility manager and the enhanced mobility grant.

Mike is working with Grace Lynch on a shorter version of the COA grip card.

Mike has now received 48 responses to his age-friendliness survey, (unrelated to the 50+ Community Survey). He will share results with the COA.

Cathy Cole and Diane attended the LTCCC meeting and heard a presentation about falls prevention.

Cathy Cole will attend the Falls Prevention Alliance meeting next Friday.

Mike and Carolyn attended the NVAN meeting. Dr. Cathy Larrain, Hospice/Palliative/Integrative Medicine Fellow at George Washington University, presented about geriatric medicine and health.

The Older Adults Survey will be mailed to 22,000 residents in February. The County Executive's memo regarding the survey and sample questions are included in the packet. Carolyn and Trina recorded a podcast about the survey. Carolyn encouraged the COA to encourage participation in any way possible.

Director's Report
Theresa Brown, Director of Volunteer Solutions, presented the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging highlights. Volunteer Solutions is a part of the Area Agency on Aging with the Adult and Aging Division of the Department of Family Services and is a partnership with Fairfax County Health Department and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services. The mission of Volunteer Solutions is to mobilize and connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in our community.

Volunteer Solutions manages over 3,900 volunteers who fill needs such as grocery shopping, transporting individuals to medical appointments, delivering meals, friendly visiting and providing individual or group assistance in county adult day health care or senior centers.

Fairfax Pets on Wheels provides services in nursing and assisted living facilities. Before serving in a volunteer capacity, volunteers complete a one-hour orientation that includes a background check and driving record check. Ninety-two percent of volunteers report feeling a stronger connection to their community through their service.  Ninety percent of Adult and Aging customers continue to reside in their homes one year after receiving services.

The value of Volunteer Services to Fairfax County Programs was equivalent to $3,242,153.50 in FY 2018.

Volunteer Services partnered with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board to provide Older Adults Mental Health First Aid training. The training will be offered again in March in South County.

New Business
Carolyn led the COA in a roundtable discussion about recent media coverage of issues relevant to older adults. Discussion focused primarily on a 12/31/18 New York Times article regarding the effect of hearing loss on isolation, dementia, and cardiovascular disease among the older adult population. Screening only takes place in fewer than 1 out of 5 well patient visits. The former Surgeon General identified loneliness as an epidemic and a potential public health crisis.

Carolyn stated that Bonnie O'Leary from the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons will present at a future COA meeting.

The Fairfax County Housing Hackathon will be held at Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Room 214, Falls Church, starting at 10 a.m. on January 24 and ending at 5 p.m. on January 25. COA mentors will assist with hackers who would like information about older adult housing needs.

The Positive Aging and Wellness Fair has been changed to April 8. Mike hopes that the COA may be able to share a resource table with AAA.

The Older Americans Month theme for 2019 is "Connect, Create, Contribute."

Mike motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Gwenn seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.

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