Department of Family Services - Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Division Director

Fairfax Area Commission on Aging Meeting Minutes - December 2019


Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
7584 Leesburg Pike, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Falls Church, VA 22043


Commissioners Present
Mike Perel (Vice Chair), Tom Bash, Martha Cooper, Sharron Dreyer, Joseph Heastie, Kathy Hoyt, Cathy Muha, Phyllis Palombi, Diane Watson

Commissioners Absent
Carolyn Sutterfield (Chair) (excused), Cathy Cole (excused), Kay Larmer (excused)

Staff Present
Trina Mayhan-Webb, Jacquie Woodruff, Hilda Naranjo

Others Present
Susan Shaw, Fairfax County Office for Strategy Management; R.G. Pawlik, Resident; Jean Browne, Shepherd's Center of Fairfax‑Burke; Bonnie O'Leary, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons; Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County Health Department/LTCCC; Allegra Joffe, PRS CareRing; Trudy Marotta, AARP; Rich Duesterhaus, Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna; Kristin Roman, ServiceSource

Call to Order; Introductions; Additions to Agenda; Approval of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes
Vice Chair Mike Perel called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. He stated that Carolyn is away assisting with a family matter. Mike asked the COA and members of the public to introduce themselves.

Mike requested that an update on intergenerational home sharing be added to Old Business and a Creative Aging item be added to New Business. Sharron motioned that the agenda be approved. Martha seconded. Diane motioned that the draft minutes be approved. Kathy Hoyt seconded.

Public Comment
No public comment.

Presentation: Human Services Needs Assessment – Susan Shaw, Office of Strategy Management
Susan Shaw presented an overview of the 2019 Fairfax County Health and Human Services Need Assessment. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Strategic Framework uses four tools to address challenges and improve outcomes: needs assessment, action plan, outcome assessment, and resource plan. Susan provided an overview of the needs assessment on the website:

She highlighted a few trends, including the following:

  • Increasing fentanyl and heroin death overdose rates
  • Treatment strategies needed as the opioid epidemic evolves
  • High prevalence of vaping among Fairfax County youth
  • Suicide ideation increases among Fairfax County youth
  • English proficiency and disparities
  • Significant population growth in the next decade

Susan demonstrated how to hover over maps for population percentages in a specific region of the county. She reviewed the website information on how vulnerability index relates to economic, transportation, and health inequities. Susan noted the map of "Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities."

The COA requested that age and food insecurity maps be added as additional data layers on the website. Trina requested that a future profiled family include grandparent caregivers.

Old Business
Mike provided an update on his intergenerational home sharing project. He spoke with the director of an intergenerational home sharing program at the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto's School of Social Work is a lead agency in the program. Mike hopes to work with state legislators on a related pilot.

Mike reported that Carolyn suggested that the Human Services Council (HSC) Innovation Grant might be a possible support for an advanced technology forum for older adults. The COA discussed Mike's proposal for a technology forum. Cathy Cole has volunteered to assist with the project.

Phyllis motioned that Mike and the COA explore hosting an advanced technology forum to assist older adults. Tom seconded. The COA unanimously voted in favor of the motion.

Phyllis has been asked to discuss mental health options for older adults on an Arlington television show. She would like to offer the same in Fairfax.

Diane reported that the Community Health Improvement Plan's Behavioral Health Committee has formed a subcommittee addressing social isolation. Diane and Carolyn ensure that older adults are included in the focus.

Joe stated that the COA should share talking points with the Board of Supervisors. Carolyn and Kay developed COA talking points in 2018. Mike has also recommended that a COA grip card could be used for this purpose. Grace Lynch will present at the January COA meeting, and the COA grip card can be discussed at that time.

Director's Report
Trina reported that the November Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) audit went well. Trina reported that the AAA conducted its first mock audit to prepare for the DARS auditors. The auditors focused on finance, nutrition, and transportation programs. Registered Dietitian Maria Loh provided expertise. As in the past, the AAA provided informational binders for the auditors. The DARS auditors again asked to take the binders back to Richmond to share as a resource.

Trina stated that SHAPE and the County Strategic Plan will both incorporate a OneFairfax equity lens.

New Business
Tom stated that he read in the COA meeting packet that Delegate Levine presented about guardianship at the November Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN) meeting. Mike read the guardianship item on the 2020 NVAN legislative platform and then reported that Delegate Levine is addressing another aspect of guardianship. Delegate Levine will patron a bill related to guardianship in the General Assembly Session. Cathy Muha spoke with NVAN participants regarding the guardianship item on the NVAN platform and learned that the item is an attempt to coordinate language in various sections of the Code. She stated that a basic tenet in bioethics is to respect autonomy and that, as a clinician, she would never want an individual's right taken away based solely on a diagnosis.

Joe requested that Adult Protective Services (APS) again present to the COA. He will redistribute to the COA his paper on guardianship and conservatorship.

Martha stated that end of life planning should be emphasized. The Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved economic stability and planning, including end of life, to be included in the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan.

Jacquie reported that Caregiver Support Specialist Giuliana Valencia is planning a series of caregiver conversations to include videos and discussions. End of life will be one of the featured topics.

Cathy Muha stated that these efforts align well with Dementia Friendly Fairfax.

Phyllis stated that this supports Mike's idea for a film festival. The COA discussed possible documentary and media options for highlighting older adult and caregiver issues.

COA Roundtable
Cathy Muha will send an article she read regarding the Administration for Community Living's National Volunteer Corps. Cathy stated that the COA might be able to utilize some volunteer assistance.

Inspired by Art Basel Miami, Mike created a mixed media art installation to thank AAA staff for support of the COA.

Martha motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Joe seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.

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