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,

November is National Family Caregivers Month

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Family caregivers selflessly care for older adults and adults with disabilities by providing physical and emotional support, as well as financial and medical assistance. This year’s theme for National Family Caregivers Month is "Caregiving Around the Clock."

  • Family caregiving spans across all generations and includes parents, adult children, siblings, partners, spouses, friends, and neighbors who provide care for a loved one. 
  • Caregivers manage a wide range of responsibilities including helping with household tasks, assisting with personal care, helping with legal and financial matters, assisting with medical and nursing tasks often with little to no training, and more. 
  • An estimated 53 million adults in the United States have provided care to a loved one within the past 12 months. 
  • In Virginia, one in five is a family caregiver. 
  • In Fairfax County, 59% of older residents provides unpaid care at home for a chronically ill, disabled, or aging loved one.
The Fairfax County Department of Family Services honors family caregivers for their dedication, commitment, and compassionate care to their loved ones. Our Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, specializing in caring for older adults and adults with disabilities, provides caregivers with evidence-based programs, educational webinars, and workshops, as well as resources and services focused on caregivers’ needs.

A Salute to Caregivers During National Family Caregivers Month

older adult caregiving for another older adultIn honor of family caregivers, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services recognizes their critical role as care partners. The department renews its commitment to providing useful services for caregivers during a time of life that can be complicated and stressful, but very fulfilling. Learn more in this Golden Gazette article.

Mature Living – Caregiving Around the Clock

screenshot video Mature Living logo, sunset over pier in waterThis episode explores family caregiving – what it is, and why it’s so important. Giuliana Valencia, Social Services Specialist with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services outlines the concept of caregiving, the duties caregivers perform, and the challenges associated with it. Kristin Martin, Case Manager with ElderLink, shares helpful resources that are available for caregivers. In addition, a local caregiver shares her first-hand account of the challenges and triumphs in her own role as a caregiver. Check out the video!

Family Caregiver Support Programs

  • Free Support Groups and Respite
  • Register for Free Caregiver Webinars
  • Library of Past Caregiver Webinars
  • Make Connections

Are you a family caregiver for an older adult? There are a variety of support and respite programs available. Need more information? Please call us at 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

Family Caregivers Month Proclamation

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November as Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers selflessly care for older adults and adults with disabilities, managing a wide range of responsibilities including helping with household tasks, personal care, legal and financial matters, and as well as medical and nursing tasks often with little to no training. Fairfax County has many resources to support caregivers. Learn more about the proclamation in the video.

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35th Annual Caregiver's Conference: Caregiving as Memories Fade

Tuesday, Nov. 9–Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

Caregivers Conference 2021 Caregiving as Memories Fade flyer graphic, faded photosThis year’s conference keynote speaker is Gary Chapman, PhD, author of "Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey."

This conference is open to family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services.

Learn more about the conference and register or call 703-270-0043.

Caregiver Alert Notifications

If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you! Now, family caregivers can receive email or text notifications of Fairfax County caregiver services and programs. These programs include case management, in-home respite, caregiver support and webinars, wellness workshops, and much more. Visit Fairfax County Alerts to create or sign in to your Fairfax Alerts account, select Area Agency on Aging/Caregivers.

Upcoming Events

laptop cell phone decorative plants - upcoming events family of caregivers older adults people with disabilitiesThe Caregiving Journey: A Panel Conversation with Family Caregivers
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 (2-3 p.m.)
Learn more about this event and register.

Caregiver Telephone Support Call
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 (7-8 p.m.)
Learn more about this event and register.

Caregiver Webinar: Self-Care for Caregivers
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 (12-1 p.m.)
Learn more about this event and register.

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