Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-4600
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Evan Braff,
Regional Manager

Services and Resources for Active Adults

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Virtual Center for Active Adults logoThe goal of Fairfax County is to protect and enrich the quality of life for people, neighborhoods and diverse communities. Discover services and resources available from both the county and our community partners that support the well-being of active adults who live, work and play in Fairfax County.

Health and Human Services

The Fairfax County Health and Human Services System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work and play in Fairfax County. The network includes: 

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board provides services for people of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

The Department of Family Services provides a variety of services and resources for older adults and people with disabilities

Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Anti-Scam Campaign helps older adults avoid being scammed by sharing critical information about current scams.

Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) connects Fairfax County residents to county- and community-based services and resources that promote self-sufficiency and enhance well-being. We build upon clients’ strengths to develop creative solutions that address immediate and long term needs. 

The Home Repair for the Elderly Program (HREP) from the Fairfax Department of Housing and Community Development provides free labor and up to $500 in materials for home repairs. Low and moderate income homeowners must be 62 or older and/or disabled and reside in the property to qualify. Typical repairs include:

  • Minor electrical repair.
  • Window and door repair.
  • Minor plumbing repair.
  • Screen replacement for windows and doors.
  • Gutter and downspout repair (two-story maximum; no gutter cleaning).
  • Installation of grab bars, hand railings and other accessibility devices.
  • Repair or replacement of electric hot water heaters.

In response to the increasing needs of COVID-19, the Fairfax County Health Department Neighbor to Neighbor Program has launched a grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service for county residents age 60+ who need this service. To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, call the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource Line at 703-324-7948.

Fairfax County Public Library

Adults and 50 Plus - Discover a wide variety of activities and services offered by the library, including reading recommendations, technology assistance, special events, research help, retirement planning resources and more.

Aging and Disability Resources - The Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library removes barriers to library services for people with permanent and temporary disabilities. They have also included a list of Useful Links for People with Disabilities.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and Magazines - The library offers free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks, which are digital books that you can read or listen to on a computer or a portable device. You will need a Fairfax County Public Library card in order to access these services.

AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline to Report Scams or Get Help 

To report a scam or get help if you or a loved one has fallen victim, call AARP’s toll-free service for assistance. Their trained volunteers and staff can help with what to do next. Call  877-908-3360, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Spiritual Support by Phone 

(For Fairfax County adults age 18 and older) Speak with a Fairfax County Spiritual Support Team member for spiritual support and care. Call 703-324-5185, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information Technology On-Call

The Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging’s IT On-Call Program will help you learn to talk with family and friends virtually. IT assistance is free and available to area residents 60 or older and those 18 and over with a disability. Call 703-324-5406.

What can IT On-Call do for you? Our tech savvy vetted volunteers help in various ways, including:

  • Help you navigate Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp applications. 
  • Teach you how to conduct online shopping. 
  • Teach you how join/use social media networks, play music or games. 
  • Learn video call capabilities using an iPhone or Android smartphone, such as Facetime. 
  • Stream entertainment. 
  • Access Fairfax County Library’s Digital Programs and Online Activities.
Teens United

Teens United is a nonprofit organization run by high school students. Their mission is to provide safe and free home delivery services to eligible individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible individuals include:

  • Adults over the age of 55.
  • Individuals with serious underlying medical conditions.
  • Frontline workers such as doctors, nurses or EMTs.
  • Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Special needs individual, such as a new parent with an infant at home.

Learn more or schedule your free home delivery by visiting their website or by calling 703-860-3100.

Additional Resources

Grocery Shopping Online – Learn the basics of online grocery shopping, including FAQs and Safety FAQs. A list of popular stores and sites is also included. Fairfax County has also created an interactive map to locate stores offering senior shopping hours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Resources in Fairfax County – Enter your address to find the nearest food distribution location within a 3-mile radius.

Fairfax County Podcasts – Fairfax County produces a number of podcasts, giving you the opportunity to listen to county news and information while you're on the go. Podcasts are offered on topics such as Health and Safety, News to Use and Fairfax 50+, which features discussions on issues, services and activities of interest to residents 50 and over. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a non-profit affiliate of George Mason University providing educational, cultural and social opportunities to active and intellectually curious adults age 50 and older. For nearly 30 years, OLLI Mason has offered in depth academic courses and presentations designed to stimulate the minds of older adults, covering every topic under the sun: history, current events, arts and music, literature, languages, economics, religion and science. Today, over 600 classes are taught each year to nearly 1,200 members at three locations in Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Reston and Loudoun), although all are currently provided online during the pandemic. There is no homework or academic credit; courses are offered for the sheer joy of learning.

RCC Rides - RCC Rides matches residents of Small District 5 (Reston) who no longer drive with screened volunteer drivers who will take them where they need to go (medical appointments, social events, shopping and much more).  

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia - English classes for beginning level adult English language learners. Courses teach the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English in the context of work, family and community.  

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