Department of Family Services – Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

703-324-7948
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Director

Golden Gazette – Archive


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In case you missed them, these are the Golden Gazette past issues.

2022

  • Mary Ann McKenzie: Proud to Have Served
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Help Someone in Need this Holiday Season
  • Recognizing the Critical Role of Family Caregivers During National Family Caregivers' Month
  • Live and Virtual Medicare 101 Workshops
  • Need Help Meeting Your Heating Needs?
  • Theft and Loss in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Mature Living – Planning for Retirement
  • Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) is Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!
  • The Words You Use Matter
  • Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
  • What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a New TV
  • VITA Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
  • Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
  • Protect Yourself from Scams
  • November Community Calendar
  • Alan Rems’ Adventures in Retirement 
  • Mature Living – Continuing Community Connections 
  • Help with Heating Begins Oct. 11
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Register Now! Virtual Live Well: Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Medicare Open Enrollment: Information and Resources
  • Live and Virtual Medicare 101 Workshops
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • National Ombudsman Day is October 13!
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • October is Residents’ Rights Month!
  • Resources for LGBTQ+ Older Adults
  • Volunteer Spotlight - Maria Romain Inspires Others
  • Venture Into Volunteering Fair
  • Early Voting Offered for Congressional Midterm Elections
  • Open Now: The New Sully Community Center
  • Protect Yourself from a Cyber-Attack
  • Five Tips for a Healthy Winter
  • Shepherd Centers Offer Free Transportation Services for Older Adults 
  • October Community Calendar
  • Barry and Rita Altman: Devoted to Helping Animals 
  • Mature Living – Continuing Community Connections 
  • Fraudsters Distort Civic Duty to Confuse Citizens
  • Volunteer Advocates Needed!
  • How to Help a Loved One Age in Place
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • 50+ Expo Celebrates 23rd Year
  • September: See Something, Say Something
  • Directive Aims to Make Citizenship Process More Welcoming to Older Adults and People with Disabilities 
  • Vietnamese and Korean Speakers Needed as Election Officers for the November General Election
  • Got Yarn?
  • Celebrate Communication 2022 Coming to Springfield Town Center on Saturday, September 17
  • September is Kinship Care Awareness Month
  • Volunteer to Make a Difference
  • How to Correctly Dispose of Your American Flag
  • A Primer on the Risk of Falls and Older Adults
  • Make the Switch – Sign up for the Golden Gazette Email!
  • September Community Calendar
  • Dr. Heisung Lee, Agent of Change
  • Assistance for Older Adults on a Fixed Income
  • Summer Recycling and Waste Prevention
  • Summer Scams
  • Mature Living: Continuing Community Connections 
  • Getting Enough Sleep Matters 
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • New App Helps Drivers with Disabilities Fill Their Gas Tanks
  • Free Classes from ElderLink
  • Make an Emergency Kit Using the Tax-Free Weekend!
  • Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care Facilities – What You Need to Know
  • 8 Ways to Keep Burglars Away From Your Home This Summer
  • Shepherd Centers Offer Free Transportation Services for Older Adults
  • Opportunities to Advocate, Support, or Empower
  • Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Celebrates 40th Anniversary
  • Enjoy Watermelon Season!
  • August Community Calendar
  • Master Gardener Joe Francis: Passionate about Gardening and Giving Back
  • The Role of Self-Compassion in Caregiving
  • New Wellness Center for Older Adults Opens in the Braddock District
  • GrandInvolve Scores Big
  • Make the Switch – Sign up for the Golden Gazette Email!
  • You Are Being Discharged. What’s Next?
  • Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 32nd Anniversary!
  • Free Classes from ElderLink
  • Hosting “Camp Grandparents” this Summer? Here are Some Health Reminders
  • Prepare Your Pets for Emergencies, They Are Part of Your Family!
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Prepare for the Extreme Heat
  • Cooling Assistance
  • 6th Annual "Shark Tank" Winners Announced
  • Transportation Services for Older Adults
  • Mature Living: Caregiving from a Distance
  • July Community Calendar
  • Raising Grandchildren: Stressful and Delightful 
  • Resources for Family Caregivers: Caregiving From a Distance
  • Fairfax Pets on Wheels: Licking Loneliness
  • Social Isolation a Major Concern During the Pandemic
  • Switch to the Golden Gazette Email! 
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging 
  • Free Classes from ElderLink
  • Support Mental Health Awareness
  • Financial Assistance Available for Pet Medical Care
  • Lifelong Learning Programs for Older Adults
  • Resident Councils Serve Important Role at Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Treatment for COVID-19 Prevents Hospitalization in High-Risk Individuals 
  • June Community Calendar
  • A Lifetime Built on a Strong Foundation: Dan Hall (105)
  • Nutrition Resources for Aging in Place
  • Adult Abuse Prevention Month
  • Assisting Others to Age Their Way
  • New Regional Virtual Senior Center Launches May 2
  • Visitation in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Inspect Your Deck
  • Be Prepared for Hurricane Season Which Starts June 1
  • Second COVID Booster for People Over 50
  • Resources for Family Caregivers: Learning to Accept Help
  • Mature Living: Caregiving from a Distance
  • VICAP: Understanding Medicare, Medigap, Drug Plans, and Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Nurture Environmental Literacy: Free Library Programs and Resources
  • The Awesome Truth About Glass
  • Refuse, Reduce, and Reuse
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shephard Centers
  • May Community Calendar
  • Shining a Light on Volunteering: Meet Mujeeb Chowdhry
  • Understanding Long-Term Care Facility Inspection Reports
  • George Mason Seeks Participants for Dementia Care Partner Study
  • Disclosure of Sexual Violence in Later Life
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Getting The Care You Need (A Guide for People with Disabilities)
  • Virtual Scam Jam Set for April 22
  • Building Financial Preparedness Before a Disaster
  • Boost Your Financial Literacy With Free Library Programs and Resources
  • Resources for Family Caregivers
  • Classes from ElderLink
  • Tips for Preventing Hypertension
  • Volunteering: Providing Hope and Kindness
  • Vietnamese and Korean Speakers Needed as Election Officers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • April Community Calendar
  • Retired Social Worker Laurie Warhol Continues Helping Others
  • Explore These Programs During National Nutrition Month
  • Now It's a Snap to Apply for SNAP
  • Individualized Care Matters!
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging National Village Day Celebrates 20 Years of the Village Movement
  • Free Home Repairs for Older and Disabled Residents
  • Get Your Income Taxes Done for Free!
  • Planning Spring Home Improvement Projects? Remember the Permit!
  • Flooding in Fairfax County
  • Resources for Family Caregivers
  • Free Classes from Elderlink. Call 703-324-5374, TTY 711, for a free caregiver consultation, 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Volunteering: Common Threads of Kindness
  • COVID and People with Disabilities
  • Older Adult Services Realigned to Enhance Service Delivery
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • March Community Calendar
  • A Fond Farewell to Golden Gazette Editor Mary Jane Dye
  • COVID-19 Treatments: A Primer
  • Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults Coming to Mailboxes Soon
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • SCSEP Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Voice Your Concerns! What to know about filing a grievance.
  • Real Estate Tax Relief for Seniors
  • Making Difficult Caregiving Decisions
  • Do You Need Some Assistance Keeping Your House Warm?
  • Tips for Hiring a Contractor
  • IT On Call - Ready to Serve
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shephard Centers
  • Food Inside and Outside the Home: The latest edition of Mature Living
  • Community Calendar
  • Charles Williams: Show Stopper!
  • Hope Card Offers Proof of Protective Order and More
  • Free Virtual 50+ Employment Expo, Friday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, April 21
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • SHAPE the Future of Aging Survey Coming in February
  • Preparedness is a Key Resolution for the New Year
  • Unhappy with Your Medicare Advantage Plan?
  • Reminder for Everyone to Get Their COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
  • Heating Your Home Using a Fireplace or Wood Burning Stove? Be Safe!
  • How to Save Money with Home Heating Costs
  • Some Hearing Loss is Preventable
  • How to Reduce Mask Mutter
  • Resolve to Take Care of Yourself this Year
  • Caregiver Stroke In-Person Support Group
  • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research Webinar
  • Virtual Kinship Cafés
  • Volunteer Advocates Needed for Ombudsman Program
  • Free Virtual Caregiver Programs and Support Calls
  • New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities for Socialization
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Register Now for NOVA Lifetime Learning Institute Classes and More
  • Community Calendar

2021

  • José Acosta Gifts Nature Center with His Animal Caregiving Skills
  • Robotic “White Cane” Offers New Ways to Navigate
  • ‘Tis the Season to Stay Clear of Common Scams
  • Seasonal Change for Seniors Experiencing Interpersonal Violence
  • Safe Travel with Older Adults
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • SHAPE the Future of Aging Survey Coming in Early 2022
  • There Are No VICAP Medicare 101 Workshops in December
  • Free Legal Services
  • New Location for Alexandria Social Security Office
  • Fairfax County Government December Holidays
  • Get Your Vaccine Booster this Holiday Season
  • Put a Freeze on Holiday Fires
  • Food Safety During the Holidays
  • Having Difficulty Preparing Meals?
  • Are You Eligible for SNAP?
  • Caregiving During the Holidays
  • Ombudsmen Address Care Concerns in the Community
  • Free Virtual Caregiver Self-Care Support Call
  • Caregiving Around the Clock Now through January on Channel 16
  • Meaningful Ways to Volunteer and Help Our Community
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Senior Centers Kick Off Winter Warming Service Project
  • Community Calendar
  • A Salute to Caregivers During National Family Caregivers Month
  • Mercedes Dash: The True Story of Leaving Cuba via Operation Peter Pan
  • Free Beacon Virtual 50+Expo Returns
  • Caregiving
  • Caregiving Around the Clock: The Latest Edition of Mature Living
  • Activity Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Free Self-Management Workshops and Programs
  • You Are Not Alone: Emotional Recovery from a Scam with ReST
  • Scam Slam Podcast Audio Bulletin
  • Energy Assistance: Don't Be Left Out in the Cold
  • Winter Weather is Around the Corner
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Upcoming In-Person and Virtual Medicare 101 Workshops
  • What Older Adults Need to Know About COVID-19 Boosters
  • Meaningful Ways to Volunteer and Help Our Community
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Opportunity to Advocate for People with Disabilities
  • Become a Substitute Teacher and Save the Day!
  • Community Calendar
  • Jay Converse They Call Me TubaGuy
  • Jackie Hess: There’s Nothing More Important than Helping Others
  • Yes! 16 Early Voting Locations Open Through Oct. 30
  • The Role that People with Disabilities Play in Economic Success
  • Make Your Reservation for Fall Virtual Kinship Cafes
  • Rental Assistance Available to Fairfax County Residents
  • Need Help with Repairs or Modifications?
  • Caregiving
  • October is Residents’ Rights Month
  • Free Upcoming Chronic Pain and Caregiver Support Workshops
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Upcoming Live and Virtual Medicare 101 Workshops
  • Don’t Buy COVID-19 Vaccine Cards or Negative Test Results
  • Meaningful Ways to Volunteer and Help Our Community
  • Volunteer to Advocate for People with Disabilities
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Community Calendar
  • Pickleball is Fun, Friendly and Competitive
  • Emergency Health Profile – Tell 9-1-1 the Rest of the Story
  • Hunger Action Month
  • DIAL for Assistance
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • New Name, Same Great Service
  • Upcoming Live and Virtual Medicare 101 Workshops
  • National Preparedness Month
  • Caregiving Alert Notifications Win Top Honors
  • Family Councils are Empowering
  • Tried and True Exercises Plus New Game for Fall Prevention 
  • Adult Day Health Care Reopens
  • Come on In! Fairfax County Senior Centers Reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Meaningful Ways to Volunteer and Help Our Community
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Volunteerfest Day of Service
  • Volunteer at Twin Lakes Golf Course
  • Community Calendar
  • The Wedding Singer's Magical Moment
  • Rental Car Scams
  • Hollin Hall Senior Wins Big at Local Festival
  • COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
  • COVID-19 Related Funeral Assistance from FEMA
  • Funeral Planning
  • Commission on Aging
  • Free Legal Services
  • Medicare Virtual Workshops
  • Buy Preparedness Items on Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday Weekend
  • Caregiver Support
  • Volunteer Advocates Needed
  • The Unexpected Joy of Caregiving
  • Congregate Nutrition Programs Resume Meal Services
  • Quench Your Thirst with Homemade Flavored Water
  • New and original Classes at Virtual Center for Active Adults
  • Meaningful Ways to Volunteer and Help the Community
  • Be the Voice for A Vulnerable Child
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Volunteer To Advocate for People with Disabilities
  • Community Calendar
  • Brenda Klimavicz Shares Her Creative Energies to Benefit Community
  • Stuart Hill Stays in Tune with Life by Doing What He Enjoys
  • Young Men Continue to Serve Community During Pandemic
  • Enroll in the Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Fairfax Commission on Aging 
  • Medicare Virtual Workshop
  • COVID-19 and Safe Summer Swimming
  • Extreme Heat and What You Should Know
  • Caregiver Support
  • Theft and Loss in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • How Do Family Caregivers Manage Distressing Memory Impairments 
  • Include Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in July Celebrations
  • Getting Enough Daily Fluids
  • Having Difficultly Preparing Meals?
  • Are You Eligible for SNAP?
  • Select Fairfax County Senior Centers Are Now Open
  • Be the Voice for a Vulnerable Child
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • It's a Go. Senior Olympics Return
  • Community Calendar
  • Herman "Smitty" Smith Unites Community
  • Curious About Juneteenth?
  • Two New Scams Involving the Coronavirus Vaccination Card
  • Diane Watson: Community Champion Award Winner
  • Commission on Aging
  • Medicare Virtual Workshops
  • Early Voting in the Democratic Primary
  • Free Senior Legal Helpline
  • Caregiving
  • Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • New Alzheimer's Website is Designed to Educate Everyone
  • Adjusting to Communication and Behavior Changes with Dementia
  • Attend the Free Chronic Disease Self-Management Virtual Program
  • Need a Little Help to Keep Cool This Summer?
  • New TOPS Program Offers Additional Transportation Options
  • Application Period for Publicly Owned Housing to Begin June 7
  • Activities
  • Local Nonprofit Driving Programs
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Community Calendar
  • May is Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month
  • Hi! Hi! Hey! The Third Army March is Here to Stay
  • Jason Kim: Helping Others as a Meditation Practice
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Mark Your Calendar for Medicare Virtual Workshops
  • So You Got Vaccinated, Now What?
  • Finding Caregiver Support
  • Facility Inspection Reports: Valuable Information for All
  • ElderLink Self-Management Programs Are Free
  • The Virtual Center for Active Adults Offers Lineup of Teaching Artists
  • Learn About Low Vision and Helpful Resources with a Virtual Lecture
  • Farmers Markets Are Open for Business
  • Striving to Thrive, Not Just Survive
  • Find Area Shepherd Centers
  • Sports
  • Community Calendar
  • Fostering Children Never Grows Old
  • Virtual Scam Jam 2021 on Friday, April 23
  • Raising a Relative’s Child? You Are Not Alone
  • Help Shape the Future of Your Community and Neighborhood!
  • Working to Reduce the Technology Gap Among Older Adult
  • Long-Term Care Facility Discharges – What You Need to Know
  • Recognizing Volunteers During an Unprecedented Year
  • Be Kind to Those with a Hoarding Disorder – Especially If That Person is Yourself!
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Medicare Virtual Workshop
  • Understand the Dates on Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • Finding Caregiver Support
  • Surviving Pandemic Anxiety: The Power of Positive Thinking
  • The Shepherd Center
  • Having Difficulty Preparing Meals?
  • Are You Eligible for SNAP?
  • Community Calendar
  • Sheryl Sims and the Fabric of Her Life—Art Quilting
  • Older Adults Choose Foster Parenting: Make a Difference for Youth!
  • Tax Scam Artists Are Lurking at this Time of Year
  • Older Adults Build Skills and Find Employment During Pandemic
  • Rebuilding Together Specializes in Accessibility Modifications
  • Kathy Jones and the Best Kept Secret In Fairfax—CERT
  • Virtual Disability Mentoring Day
  • Finding Caregiver Support
  • Resident Councils Are Voices for Quality Assurance
  • ElderLink’s Virtual Self-Management Programs Are Free
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Health Department Reminder on COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Are You Prepared for Spring Flood Safety?
  • COVID-19 Consumer Scams Video in American Sign Language
  • Free Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling Limited Due to COVID
  • Tax Relief for Seniors
  • ServiceSource Senior Services Launches Technology Grant Program
  • Elevate the Affordable Housing Conversation in Fairfax County
  • Classes Offered by the Virtual Center for Active Adults Spark Creativity
  • Discovering Black Ancestors Through White Slave Owners
  • The Shepherd Center
  • Community Calendar
  • The Gravel and Grit of Olander and Margaret Banks
  • The Quest for Researching African American Ancestors
  • Bonnie Kern Fairbank Trades Tap Shoes for White Wig
  • COVID-19 Vaccine for Older Adults
  • Mount Vernon Genealogy Speaker to Discuss Freedman’s Village
  • Finding Caregiver Support
  • One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Virtual Center for Active Adults Working to Fight Isolation
  • Fairfax Area Commission on Aging
  • Free Virtual 50+ Employment Expo
  • Virtual Medicare 101 Presentations
  • Romance Scams and IRS Imposter Scams
  • Crisis Assistance Program Helps Households with Energy Emergencies
  • Give the Gift of Preparedness this Valentine’s Day
  • Consumer Protection Week
  • Abuse Can Happen to Anyone
  • Having Difficulty Preparing Meals?
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Are You Eligible for SNAP?
  • Healthy Winter Cooking on Channel 16
  • Share the Love: Keep a Reading Journal
  • Watering New Plantings in Winter
  • Acts of Kindness Foster Change
  • Community Calendar
  • Charting a Course for the New Year with No Regrets
  • Social Isolation, Technology and Wellness Identified as Key Issues Facing Older Adults During COVID-19
  • What Changes Are Coming to Medicare in 2021?
  • Robert N. Keifert: A Life of Taking Care of Those He Loves
  • Ombudsman: What is a Compassionate Care Visit? 
  • Five Tips for Eating Healthy in the New Year
  • New Caring Cards Program Lifts Spirit
  • Caregiving Tips and Upcoming ElderLink Programs
  • Exercise Supports Emotional and Mental Health
  • Start a New Fitness Routine This Winter
  • Fairfax County Channel 16 Mature Living Programs
  • Give Wisely in COVID Times - Federal Trade Commission Scam Alert
  • Silver Shield Team on Staying Safe from Scams
  • Sage Advice for Driving in Fog
  • For 2021, an Emergency Preparedness Resolution
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
  • Transportation Options
  • Community Calendar

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