Department of Family Services - Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Barbara Antley,
Director

Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes - May 2019

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — 1-3 p.m.
Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane, Room 2/3
Mount Vernon, VA 22306

 

Commissioners Present
Carolyn Sutterfield (Chair), Mike Perel (Vice Chair), Tom Bash, Cathy Cole, Joseph Heastie, Kathleen Hoyt, Kay Larmer, Cathy Muha, Phyllis Palombi, Diane Watson

Commissioners Absent
Sharron Dreyer (excused)

Staff Present
Trina Mayhan-Webb, Jacquie Woodruff

Others Present
Supervisor Dan Storck, Mount Vernon District, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Abdul Shaban, Aide to Supervisor Storck, Mount Vernon District; Tammy Cain, Sunrise Senior Living, Alexandria; Tracey Johnson, Sunrise Senior Living, Alexandria; Ruth Reagan, Goodwin House, Inc.; Robin McGlothin, Insight Memory Care Center; Giuliana Valencia, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Maria Loh, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Eunsook Wang, Resident; Bob Eiffert, At Home in Alexandria; Beth Rodriguez, Resident; Sheila Dunheimer, Hunter Valley Association; Allegra Joffe, PRS CareRing

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

Kathy Hoyt motioned that the agenda be accepted. Diane seconded. Carolyn asked that, regarding the countywide strategic plan, the minutes be modified to state the "priorities that emerged." Kathy Hoyt motioned that the amended minutes be accepted. Kay seconded.

Supervisor Storck's Aide, Abdul Shaban, welcomed the COA to Mount Vernon District. He stated that Supervisor Storck hoped to offer a few words later in the meeting. Supervisor Storck was excited to hear the preliminary report about the 50+ Community Survey yesterday. He thanks the COA for its work.

Public Comment
No public comment.

Supervisor Storck welcomed the COA to Mount Vernon District. He thanked Diane for her work in the district. He has also spoken with Tom regarding emergency management. Supervisor Storck stated that, as a son of a parent with dementia, he is especially aware of the many needs of older adults and the need for support systems for older adults and caregivers. He is honored to represent Fairfax County and looks forward to working with the COA on the next 50+ Plan. He stated that the COA is doing wonderful work and asked that they let him know how he may assist and help facilitate creating a more age-friendly community in Fairfax County.

Presentation:  Dementia Friendly Fairfax Initiative – Ruth Reagan, Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, and Robin McGlothin, Insight Memory Care Center
Ruth Reagan and Robin McGlothin presented an overview of Dementia Friendly America (DFA). DFA is an initiative of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A). There are currently 35 DFA communities across the country, including Montgomery County. DFA is an effort to increase dementia awareness and friendliness across multiple sectors of the community and to offer increased support to caregivers. Sectors can include businesses, health care systems, communities of faith, local governments, community members, residential care, and community‑based supports.

Dementia Friendly Herndon, founded by Toni Reinhart, was the first DFA community in Virginia. DFA Herndon offered educational sessions for faith communities and is now working with restaurants. Both Alexandria and Arlington are launching DFA initiatives. Insight Memory Care Center and Goodwin House would like to serve as champions for this initiative in Fairfax. Phase 1 would include forming a Leadership Action Team with representation across magisterial districts and community sectors.

A Dementia Friends training will be held at the Faith Community Summit at Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax on May 29 from 9 a.m.‑1 p.m.

Carolyn stated that everyone knows someone who has or had dementia. Cathy Cole offered to serve on the action team.

Old Business
Cathy Cole reported that the reception for Shark Tank Assistive Technology winners was well-attended and well‑received.

Tom stated that the demand for rides has surged. The time banking approach might be used to help address this demand.

Mike reported that the COA Quiz Wheel was a success at that Scam Jam.

Mike attended the Wellness Center at Braddock Glen community input meeting. An RFP for an anchor organization is being developed.

Director's Report
At the BOS Health, Housing and Human Services Committee on May 14, Trina and Michelle Gregory from the Office for Strategy Management presented preliminary results of the 50+ Community Survey. Twenty-five percent of Fairfax County residents are 50 and older. Surveys were completed by 4,777 residents, (a 22% response rate).

ICMA recognized the success of Fairfax County's outreach efforts. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents rated Fairfax County as an excellent or good place to live. Sixty-two percent reported they are very likely or somewhat likely to remain in Fairfax County throughout retirement. Sixty-two percent rated overall services to older adults as excellent or good. Thirty-three percent reported not knowing what services are available to older adults. Eighty-five percent usually or always voted in local elections. Ninety-one percent never participated in a civic group. Next steps include finalizing a full report and planning for focus groups to further information.

Maria Loh, Registered Dietitian for the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging (AAA), provided an overview of the Congregate Meals Program. The AAA offers nutrition programs such as Congregate Nutrition and Home-Delivered Nutrition Programs, as required by the Older Americans Act. The Fairfax County Congregate Nutrition Program is offered at 28 sites throughout the county, some of which are co-located.

Congregate Nutrition Services are targeted to persons 60 years of age or older. The service standards for this program state that priority shall be given to older individuals with greatest economic and social need, with special emphasis on low-income minority individuals, older individuals with limited English proficiency, older persons residing in rural or geographically isolated areas, and older individuals at risk for institutional placement. Participants are given opportunities to make a voluntary contribution toward the cost of their meals through a sliding donation scale.

Maria reported that in FY 2018, the Congregate Meals Program served 247,890 meals to 2,292 participants. Maria distributed an infographic: FY 2017 Profile of Congregate Nutrition Participants. In FY 2017, 2247 participated in the Congregate Meals Program. Eighty-three percent were 70 years and older; 49% were in federal poverty; and 74% reported the congregate meal as their main weekday meal. Ninety-five percent of participants reported that the program helps them stay connected to others.

This spring, Maria partnered with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Dietitian, Katie Strong, and Master Food Volunteers to offer a series of nutrition presentations and recipe demonstrations at Fairfax County senior centers. Maria stated that Mike Perel, the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Vice Chair, who is also a Master Food Volunteer, dazzled participants with his humor and excellent knife skills.

Maria is also partnering with Commissioner Cathy Muha on the 2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan on piloting a food insecurity screening for older adults.

New Business
Kay asked that the COA discuss Dementia Friendly Fairfax at the June meeting.

Cathy Cole reported that a dementia-friendly training will be offered as an opening exercise in the Fall Caregivers Conference of the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium. Carolyn recently read in a Wall Street Journal article that dementia has been identified as a global health priority. She recommended the book, "Dementia Reimagined." In her professional practice and work with the medical community, Phyllis has observed the effects of cognitive and physiological changes in older adults. Ruth Reagan stated that "dementia" is an umbrella term that describes changes in cognition and that can include memory loss, personality changes, and emotional changes. Dementia isn't a normal part of aging.

The COA discussed the countywide strategic plan and the development of the next iteration of the 50+ Plan. Carolyn asked that each commissioner determine their number one priority for what they'd like to see in the next iteration of the 50+ Plan.

Announcements
The Creative Aging Festival continues through the month of May.

Joe Heastie will be awarded the Mason Medal at the GMU Commencement on May 17.

A reception to recognize GrandInvolve's Commonwealth Council on Aging award will be held at 9:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Government Center.

Adjournment
Kay motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Diane seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.

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