Boards, Councils, and Commissions

The Aging Programs within the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has three advisory boards. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 2.2-2100, advisory boards provide advice and comment to an executive branch agency or office. An advisory board, commission or council serves as a formal liaison between the agency or office and the public to ensure that the agency or office understands public concerns and that the activities of the agency or office are communicated to the public. An advisory board, commission or council does not serve a regulatory or rule-making purpose. It may participate in the development of public policy by providing comment and advice.


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The advisory boards meet quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. All meetings will be held from 10 am to 2pm at the Aging Programs, unless otherwise noted. View directions to DARS Office for Aging Services.

Upcoming Meetings can be found on the Commonwealth Calendar. You can search by date or by keyword.

News and Information

The Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission has released the Dementia State Plan 2020-2024: Building a Dementia-Capable Virginia. The Dementia State Plan 2020-2024 serves as a blueprint for a dementia-capable Virginia that is ready to meet the challenge of the rising numbers of citizens of the Commonwealth living with dementia or caring for individuals living with dementia. The Commission updates the plan every four years. Previous editions of the plan are available below.


Learn about the winners of the 2019 Best Practices Awards in this press release from DARS. The Commonwealth Council on Aging has recognized organizations as examples of best practices since 2006. A list of these organizations and a brief overview of their programs can be found for 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2006-2016.



Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission

Established pursuant to § 51.5-154 of the Code of Virginia, the ADRD Commission develops and oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth's Dementia State Plan. Among the Commission’s duties and activities are to:

  • Examine the needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, as well as the needs of their caregivers, and ways that state government can most effectively and efficiently assist in meeting those needs;
  • Develop and promote strategies to encourage brain health and reduce cognitive decline;
  • Advise the Governor and General Assembly on policy, funding, regulatory, and other issues related to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders;
  • Develop the Commonwealth's plan for meeting the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their caregivers, and advocate for such plan; and
  • Establish priorities for programs among state agencies related to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and criteria to evaluate these programs.

The Commission also sponsors a website, www.alzpossible.org, that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth's commitment to those affected by Alzheimer's disease. This website contains information that can assist both family members and community service providers. It lists a series of free educational "webinars" on topics that impact persons dealing with the disease.

More Information:

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Dementia State Plan

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 10, 2020
  • June 9, 2020
  • September 8, 2020
  • December 8, 2020

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.


For Questions:
George Worthington
Dementia Services Coordinator
Phone: (804) 662-9154



Commonwealth Council on Aging

Established pursuant to §§ 51.5-127 and 51.5-128 of the Code of Virginia, the CCOA promotes an efficient, coordinated approach by state government to meeting the needs of older Virginians. The CCOA supports communities that are accessible, livable, age-friendly, and promote independence. Among its duties and activities, the CCOA:

  • Examines the needs of older Virginians and their caregivers and ways in which state government can most effectively and efficiently assist in meeting those needs;
  • Advises the Governor and General Assembly on aging issues and aging policy;
  • Advocates for and assists in developing the Commonwealth's planning for meeting the needs of the growing number of older Virginians and their caregivers; and
  • Assists and advises the Department regarding strategies to improve nutritional health, alleviate hunger, and prevent malnutrition among older adults.

More Information:

Powers, Duties & Bylaws    Reports    Members

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 18, 2020
  • June 17, 2020
  • September 16, 2020
  • December 9, 2020

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.


For Questions:
Charlotte Arbogast
Policy Analyst
Phone: (804) 662-7093



Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board

Established pursuant to § 51.5-149.1 of the Code of Virginia, the VPGCAB reports to and advises the Commissioner of DARS on the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Program (VPGCP). The VPGCAB: Assists in the coordination and management of the local and regional programs appointed to act as public guardians and conservators:

More Information:

Powers, Duties & Bylaws    Reports   

Upcoming Meetings:

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.


For Questions:
David Hominik
Legal Services Developer
Phone: (804) 662-9310

 


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