Site Visit

Fairfax County's Commitment: A Housing and Health Continuum for Seniors
March 2, 2007

Authors

Judith D. Moore & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Summary

This one-day site visit focused on the range of services made available to seniors by Fairfax County, Virginia, including senior centers, adult day health care, and assisted living and independent housing. Services to low-income residents were emphasized. Participants were introduced to the different agencies and funding streams involved and were able to observe how county officials have acted on a stated commitment to help seniors who wish to age in place, staying in the county and in their own homes rather than in a nursing home or other institution. The day included tours of two Fairfax County multiservice sites, in Lincolnia and Lewinsville, along with the opportunity to talk with county employees, seniors, and caregivers. A panel of community leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities in delivering service to seniors in a wide range of ethnic subpopulations.

Related Materials

For details on participants' impressions, see the Site Visit Report, published May 7, 2007.

Other related Forum products include a background paper on the Aging Services Network (December 13, 2011), a Forum session on informal caregiving (September 2007), and "The Older Americans Act of 1965: Programs and Funding" (The Basics, February 23, 2012)

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