September 15, 2009 A program that helps older adults remain independent was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for winning a Commonwealth Council on Aging 2009 Best Practices Award. The board honored ElderLink’s Independent Living Project during its September 14 meeting.
The Independent Living Project is one of eight programs to win a Best Practice Award from the council this year. The award criteria include innovation, cost-effectiveness, ease of replication and impact on the quality of life of older Virginians, their families and their caregivers.
The program is part of the Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.
The Independent Living Project offers a mix of classes and workshops to help older people prevent falls, maintain health and fitness, and increase their knowledge of services. The program takes place over six to eight weeks. It includes:
· exercise classes;
· workshops on fall prevention and health;
· consultation on medication management and home safety risks;
· minor home safety modifications (grab bars, etc.).
The project has been offered in the Franconia, Springfield/Burke, Falls Church and Annandale areas. A new program starts today in Springfield. Call 703-324-7210, TTY 703-449-1186 for more information.
ElderLink’s Independent Living Project is a partnership program of the Department of Family Services, Division of Adult and Aging Services, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, Fire and Rescue Department, Health Department, Community and Recreation Services, Library Services, Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department for the Aging, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, Inova Health System, CVS/pharmacy, RPJ Housing, Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, and faith-based communities in Fairfax County.
The Commonwealth Council on Aging is composed of members appointed by the governor and other state officials.
For more information on services for older adults, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa.
The Independent Living Project aligns with Fairfax County’s Fairfax 50+ Action Plan for a more “aging friendly” Fairfax County.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.