Department of Family Services - Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Division Director

Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes - September 2018


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
7584 Leesburg Pike, Conference Rooms 1 and 2
Falls Church, VA 22043


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

Commissioners Absent

Staff Present
Trina Mayhan-Webb, Jacquie Woodruff, Fatmata Mustapha

Others Present
Trudy Marotta, AARP; Diane Boyd, Resident; Rick Daniels, LLI/NOVA; Paul Wexler, ServiceSource, Inc.; Pam Sweeney, Department of Planning and Zoning; Marianne Gardner, Department of Planning and Zoning; Donna Pesto, Department of Planning and Zoning; Bonnie O'Leary, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons; Roberto Quinones, Resident; Hannah Huaytalla, Wesley Housing, Yvonne Darensbourg, Resident, Michelle Seonae, Totally for Seniors; Alison Ross Tompkins, Sunrise Senior Living; Hattiejane Darracott, Living Better Solutions

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. She introduced new Mount Vernon Commissioner, Diane Watson. Diane had a physical therapy career spanning 47 years. She and her husband now live in the Spring Hill active adult community and are 50+ Community Ambassadors.

Carolyn welcomed visitors and asked them to introduce themselves. Rick Daniels stated that Mike presented an excellent session on "Keys to Safe Driving" at LLI. Fifty-four people attended; the oldest was 94.

Public Comment

Presentation: Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Older Adults Accommodations and Services –Continuing Care Facilities, Adult Day Health Centers and Related Provisions – Donna Pesto, Department of Planning and Zoning
Donna Pesto provided an overview of the draft Zoning Ordinance Amendment: Older Adults Accommodations and Services. The origin of the amendment includes both 50+ Community Action Plan recommendations and experience with business models and market preferences for providing services/accommodations for the older adult population. The 50+ Community Action Plan recommendations include expanding the supply of affordable housing and "accommodations + care unit" options for older adults, encouraging older adult housing in walkable communities near transit and neighborhood-based older adult housing, expanding zoning districts that permit housing and "accommodations + care units" for older adults, and expanding the use of universal design features in housing.

The proposed ordinance amendment would allow for flexibility and multiple uses proposed in the same building. The amendment would create a new Continuing Care Retirement Community District to be called the Planned Continuing Care Retirement Community (PCC) District, create a new Continuing Care Facility Use, add adult day health care centers and senior centers as specific uses in the Zoning Ordinance, and create new Age-Restricted Housing. Phase I, creation of the new PCC District for Continuing Care Retirement Communities, is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The public will have an opportunity to provide input at public hearings.

Presentation:  Proposed Comprehensive Plan Policy for Continuing Care Facilities – Marianne Gardner and Pam Sweeney, Department of Planning and Zoning
Marianne Gardner and Pam Sweeney provided an overview of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Policy amendment for Continuing Care Facilities. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that every jurisdiction have a Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan has several volumes of guidance related to land use and also a policy plan volume.

A change to the Comprehensive Plan requires community participation, Planning Commission input, and a decision by the Board of Supervisors. On September 25, 2018, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized a Plan Amendment to consider adding guidance to the Policy Plan volume of the Comprehensive Plan in Support of Continuing Care Facility (CCF) uses, which provides a continuum of accommodation and service options to facilitate the opportunity to age in place or move within levels of support as care needs change.

The proposed amendment would add a new Appendix 14 to the Land Use section of the Policy Plan to provide guidance to facilitate the development of CCFs as a community care service facility offering a full spectrum of care/accommodations under a unified operation. CCFs provide services such as transportation, wellness and recreational programs, and community engagement opportunities.

The proposed amendment was informed by the September 2014 Fairfax 50+ Community Action Plan's recommendation for "latitude in land use cases for affordable older adult housing," particularly in walkable areas served by transit. In addition, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Strategic Plan to Facilitate the Economic Success of Fairfax County highlights a goal to address mobility challenges and encourages "housing that is affordable to our children, seniors, and members of our workforce" and "policies that support and protect our existing population, and that attract future employees and residents from a variety of cultures, ages, and with a variety of abilities."

Old Business
Kay thanked Tom for his transportation work. Due to Joe's connections on the Industrial Development Authority, the medical transportation committee met with new Inova connections. The summer pilot through mobility management funds demonstrated a need for this type of transportation option.

Carolyn attended the AARP Boomer Academy at OLLI. Trudy Marotta stated that 80 people attended the event. Dr. Beth Cabrera, a specialist in organizational psychology, provided the keynote address.

Carolyn attended the Fairfax 50+ Community Ambassador meeting at the Saint Paul Chung Catholic Church in Fairfax, a church of over 6,000 primarily Korean-speaking parishioners. Tara Turner presented about ElderLink. Carolyn encouraged the COA and visitors to join. There are now over 80 Fairfax 50+ Community Ambassadors.

County Executive Bryan Hill appointed Tom to represent the COA on the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee.

Tom will no longer serve on the LTCCC. Carolyn asked commissioners to consider serving in that role.

Joe stated that Project Lifesaver was featured in the September newsletter from the Office of Public Private Partnerships. Project Lifesaver is a 50+ initiative that is now operational.

Kathy Hoyt asked if the COA can review and suggest questions for the older adults' survey. The BOS requested a standardized survey with national benchmarking. The COA will consider conducting focus groups to supplement the older adults' survey. Kay stated that the COA should also continue work on the additional initiatives, such as dementia‑friendly, that were identified during COA brainstorming.

Tom met with Grace Lynch to express the COA's concerns about website changes. Grace has dramatically improved the site. Mike and Carolyn stated that a FAQ section could be useful. Feedback can be provided on the bottom of each website page.

Joe wrote an article for the fall edition of Supervisor Linda Smith's Providence Report. Carolyn suggested that commissioners offer to submit articles for their Supervisor's newsletter.

Director's Report
Trina thanked the COA for their praise of Adult and Aging staff.

Due to extra funding received from the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging will hire two new positions:  a VICAP (Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program) assistant and a Caregiver Specialist. The DARS Family Caregiver Stakeholder Report states that one in five Virginians are caregivers.

New Business
Department of Family Services Director Nannette Bowler has asked that all DFS boards, authorities, and commissions present to the Advisory Social Services Board (ASSB). The COA has been invited to be the first to present. Carolyn will present about the COA and the Fairfax 50+ Plan at the September 12 ASSB meeting.

The BOS Fairfax 50+ Committee will meet Tuesday, October 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. Carolyn asked the COA to send ideas for meeting speakers. Several people have asked to be present at a future COA meeting.

Hattiejane Darracott asked if Fairfax County is trying to address the needs of multicultural groups. Trina stated that the 50+ Community Ambassadors and a new Health Department ministry strive to do this. The older adults' survey will be offered in several languages.

The Northern Virginia Aging Network Legislative Breakfast, Marriott at Fair Oaks on Monday, September 24 from 8‑10 a.m.

Falls Prevention Week Kick-Off Open House/Grant Celebration, Marymount University on Monday, September 17, from 5-7 p.m.

Free Museum Day on Saturday, September 22. For a list of participating museums, visit

Beacon Expo 50+, Springfield Town Center/Springfield Mall on Saturday September 30, 12–4 p.m. The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons will provide CART accommodation for the keynote speaker.

CarFit event sponsored by the Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center Street, Wednesday, October 3.

Mike announced that CarFit events will also be offered on October 16 at the Mott Center, and October 25 at Lincolnia. Call 703-255-7801, TTY 711 for an appointment.

Mike announced that "Safe Driving as You Age" will be presented at the Reston Community Center on October 23.

Mike serves on the planning committee for the Positive Aging Fair to be held next April. He asked that commissioners notify him about possible workshop topics.

Cathy Cole announced that the Northern Virginia Caregiver Consortium Conference on November 12 will feature Kim Campbell, widow of singer, Glen Campbell.

Kay will join other representatives from NVAN to visit Delegate Plum to discuss the geriatric training budget item on the NVAN legislative platform.

The COA has been invited to the grand opening of the Fallstead at Lewinsville Center on October 18.

Mike motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Kay seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

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