The Virginia Division for the Aging fosters the independence and well-being of older Virginians and supports their caregivers through leadership, advocacy and oversight of state and community programs, and guides the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population.
Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program
Are you reviewing your Medicare options? Your health needs change and health plans may alter benefits and costs each year, making it critical to evaluate and update your Medicare choices regularly. Virginia Medicare beneficiaries can get help understanding their options during open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7, by calling Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, or VICAP, toll free at (800) 552-3402. To learn more, click on the image or visit www.vda.virginia.gov/vicap2.asp.
Virginia Easy Access
Virginia Easy Access is an easy to use and easy to understand resource available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information about topics and programs of particular interest to seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them. Virginia Easy Access provides a simple method to search for specific services anywhere in Virginia. Virginia Easy Access is a gateway to VirginiaNavigator (which lists over 21,000 programs and services throughout the Commonwealth) and to the 2-1-1 Virginia Call Center.
Click on the logo or this text link to access the site at easyaccess.virginia.gov.
No Wrong Door
The vision of No Wrong Door/Aging and Disability Resource Connections (ADRC) in Virginia is to provide older adults and adults with disabilities with comprehensive information and streamlined access to available long term supports through collaborative partnerships and shared technology. Partners within each community contribute their unique expertise, collaborate and share client-level data, with consent, through a secure system in order to streamline access to supports and maximize efficiencies. No Wrong Door/ADRC is positioning Virginia to support an increasing population of older adults and individuals with disabilities in the environment of their choice.
Click on the image or this link to access vda.virginia.gov/nowrongdoor.asp.
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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
You Can! Live Well, Virginia! The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop teaches practical skills for living a healthy life. If you -- or someone you care for -- has a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure, this workshop can help you feel better, be in control, and do the things YOU want to do. Find out more...
Project 2025: Enhanced Access to Legal Assistance for Older Adults in Virginia
According to various projections, there will be over one million more Older Adults in Virginia by the year 2025. We are preparing now to ensure that seniors and their caregivers have adequate access to legal information and legal assistance when needed. Read more about Project 2025 on our site in this PDF document.
State Plans For Aging Services
As the Baby Boom generation races toward traditional retirement age, the number of older adults in Virginia will reach 1.8 million by 2030 ? more than double that population in 2000. Recognizing the coming ?Age Wave,? the 2008 Virginia General Assembly expanded the duties of the Virginia Division for the Aging by mandating a four-year planning process for aging services in collaboration with a workgroup of aging advocates, educators, service providers, and state agency representatives. The initial 2009 Virginia?s Four-Year Plan for Aging Services: Across the Continuum ? Across the Commonwealth presents a comprehensive picture of where we need to go to effectively meet the needs and leverage the human resources of Virginia?s rapidly aging population. The 2011 Biennial Progress Report serves as an addendum and reflects the steps that have been taken to move forward with the workgroup?s recommendations. For more on Virginia's future, such as federally-mandated planning and work related to agency advisory boards, visit our Plans & Reports page.
While most older drivers are good drivers, the physical changes associated with aging can ultimately affect our ability to drive safely. The Virginia GrandDriver web site provides information about aging and its effects on driving.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) makes Prescription Drug Coverage available to Medicare beneficiaries. This prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) is designed to help individuals who qualify for Medicare pay for the prescriptions they need.
Other (Non-Medicare) Prescription Drug Assistance
In addition to Medicare Part D, there are other types of prescription drug assistance programs available, such as those offered by non-for-profit organizations, membership groups and pharmaceutical companies.
Click on the image or text link to access vda.virginia.gov/PrescriptionDrugAssistanceProgramsInVA.pdf.
The News page contains items of interest to Virginia's aging population, their families and caregivers, or to individuals who work or volunteer in the aging field. Click the "News" icon at right to see the latest updates.