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Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes - April 2018


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
West Springfield Governmental Center
6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152


Commissioners Present
Kay Larmer (Chair), Carolyn Sutterfield (Vice Chair), Tom Bash, Cathy Cole, Sharron Dreyer, Joe Heastie, Kathy Hoyt, Cathy Muha, Mike Perel

Commissioners Absent
Steve Gurney, Patrick Sprouse

Staff Present
Jacquie Woodruff, Fatmata Mustapha

Others Present
Marlae Schnare, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors – Supervisor Herrity; Audrey Morton, Human Services Council; Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County Health Department; Allen Wong, Resident; Julie Wittich, Resident; Terri Carley, Resident; Dannielle Johnson, Comfort Keepers; Kelly Keyes, Comfort Keepers; Bob Eiffert, Alexandria Commission on Aging; Rick Daniels, Lifelong Learning Institute NOVA; Barb Holleb, Eldercare Advisor; Shannon Dodd, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Evan Braff, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Robin Edward, Care Patrol of Northern VA; Mary Belanich, Goodwin House; Sandra Johns, Resident; Courtney Arroyo, Office of Emergency Management; Kithwa Lee, Body and Brain Yoga; Gwendolyn Beck, Virginia Hospital Center

Call to Order; Additions to Agenda; Approval of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes
Chair Kay Larmer called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. Kay welcomed the members of the public and invited attendees to introduce themselves.

Sharron motioned that the agenda be approved. Kathy Hoyt seconded. Carolyn noted that the minutes should list cottage housing measurements as 1500 square feet maximum floor area. Carolyn motioned that the minutes be approved as amended. Joe seconded.

Public Comment
No public comment.

Presentation: "Erickson Living at Braddock – Proposed Redevelopment of the Northern Virginia Training Center" – Scott Sawicki, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Bob Brant, Land Use Attorney
The former Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) was established in 1973 to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. In the summer of 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified segregating of people with disabilities from society constitutes discrimination and is a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, ultimately forcing the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) to close in 2016. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Virginia entered into an agreement to sell the 78-acre Northern Virginia Training Center on Braddock Road to Erickson Living. The property is currently zoned R-1 (1 dwelling unit per acre). In October 2017, the Board of Supervisors authorized a Plan amendment (PA 2017-III-P1) for the former NVTC site and the adjacent State Police site. Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook announced that a task force would be formed and community meetings would be held to ensure that Braddock District residents would be involved during the consideration of uses for redevelopment of the property.

Both Bob Brant and Scott Sawicki are Braddock District residents. Scott Sawicki received a master's degree in aging services from UMBC. Scott stated that the majority of the 50+ Community Action Plan housing initiatives are relevant to what is offered on Erickson properties. Erickson has a network of 20 properties in 11 states. Every campus has a full medical panel onsite. Erickson was selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pilot a successful Medicare Advantage Program. Green Spring Village is located in Fairfax County and has a waitlist of 1,244. Green Spring has a benevolent care fund to assist residents who spend down their savings. Erickson would like to increase the parking ratio and open space on the Braddock property.

Fairfax Area Agency on Aging Update: "Mealtime Companion" Pilot Program for Meals on Wheels Clients with Dementia and/or Other Memory Impairment ‑ Shannon Dodd, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program
Shannon Dodd provided an overview of a Nutrition Unit's pilot initiative to assist Meals on Wheels (MOW) clients who may need increased support during mealtimes. The MOW Warming Team, or "Mealtime Companion" pilot program, is targeted to MOW clients with dementia and/or other memory impairment who may need prompting and cueing to assist in day-to-day nutritional support. The program's mission is to help people stay in their homes as long as possible as long as they are safe. The team researched a similar program in Maine and developed policies for the Fairfax pilot. This program will rely on MOW volunteers to visit identified clients on a regular basis (2-5 times a week) during mealtimes to provide socialization and assistance with nutritional support. Volunteers will bring their own lunch or snack and eat with the client. The initial pilot will be small to ensure enough people volunteer to eat with clients every day.

Old Business
Mike provided an update on his empathetic accessible parking pilot project. "Think of Me, Keep it Free" signs did reduce accessible parking space violations in the pilot project. Illegal parking in accessible parking spaces is a local and national issue. A year ago, Mike gained support from the Disability Services Board and the COA to conduct a small-scale study of a novel sign approach to reduce violations. George Mason University (GMU) Department of Psychology students helped conduct the study. Disability Services Planning and Development (DSPD) provided funding for printing signs. Because the pilot demonstrated success, DSPD has reported that the signs may be implemented at the Pennino Building. Supervisor Cook sent a letter of commendation to the GMU Psychology Department.

Mike reported that the Park Authority will install the accessible hand-carried watercraft launch he requested. After Mike spoke with Supervisor Cook's office and the Disability Services Board, the Park Authority staff notified him that the project would be funded.

Kay testified on behalf of the COA at the April 11 BOS budget hearing. Her testimony was tagged on social media by Supervisor Herrity.

Carolyn reported that Donna Pesto from the Department Planning and Zoning (DPZ) presented an update on the continuing care zoning ordinance amendment at the BOS Development Process Committee. Donna and the BOS referenced the 50+ Community Action Plan as the impetus for the ordinance amendment work.

Kay invited the COA to attend a meeting she will chair with the Health Care Advisory Board, Jerry Hopkins from the Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC), the Department of Housing and Community Development, and DPZ to discuss the DPZ ordinance considerations, with particular consideration of affordable housing. Sharron will serve as COA expert on the committee.

Cathy Cole reported that the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance is applying for a new grant, with hopes to become a clearinghouse on falls information and prevention. The Matter of Balance programs have been offered at all senior centers. Marymount will continue to serve as lead for the Alliance.

Tom reported that the LTCCC will address social media at its May 9 meeting.

Carolyn stated that the May meeting will be a working meeting to strategize about the next iteration of the 50+ Community Action Plan, including approaches to focus groups and an online survey. A list of potential focus groups was distributed.

New Business
Evan Braff provided an overview of the RFI for a proposed, budget-neutral wellness center in Braddock District on the Glens at Little River Campus. The intent of utilizing this space would be to create a wellness center for older adults that focuses on the health and well-being of older adults to benefit the residents of this campus and the attendees of Little River Glen Senior Center, to include community members from surrounding neighborhoods. A wellness center innovative model would provide enhanced programming to include, but not be limited to, a fitness center with equipment designed for older adults, health screening/promotion programs, access to ancillary health services (i.e., podiatrist, chiropractor, occupational and physical therapy, mental health and social services), adaptive and leisure‑based programs, recreational activities, memory cafes, support groups. At the request of Supervisor Cook, the County issued an RFI seeking information regarding the ability of one or more partners to manage and/or operate day-to-day services and to serve as the base organization to build and convene the coalition of partners. Three organizations indicated an interest in serving as the anchor organization. Supervisor Cook will now review for the possibility of community input sessions and an RFP. Kay stated that the COA would like to help with the project.

On May 1, Kay will accept the BOS proclamation, issued by Supervisor Herrity, to recognize May as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. All commissioners should attend to receive the proclamation and be part of the BOS photo.

The BOS reception and recognition of the Shark Tank winners will be held on June 5.

Due to Yom Kippur, the September COA meeting will be changed to September 12.

Tom motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Cathy Muha seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.

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