The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) focuses on improving the response to seniors and Virginians with disabilities who need some aid in maintaining their options for independence, safety and employment. The department's Division for the Aging (VDA) works with 25 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs or "triple A's") as well as various other public and private organizations to help older Virginians and their families find the services and information they need. The Department is a central point of contact for information and services.
VDA's objective is to help Virginians find the information and services they need to lead healthy and independent lives as they grow older. Their mission is to foster the dignity, independence, and security of older Virginians by promoting partnerships with families and communities.
VDA is designated by the federal government as the agency to oversee all state programs using funds provided by the federal Older Americans Act and the Virginia General Assembly. Area Agencies on Aging contract with the Department to provide services for older Virginians and their families in communities throughout Virginia.
If you have a question or need more information, please contact Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).
You can obtain free copies of publications by visiting the Publications Notes page and downloading them. You may also choose to download the DARS consumer Information Request Form, complete it and returning it to DARS by fax or mail. You may also request publications by DARS via telephone, e-mail or mail, using the information shown below.
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Toll-Free: 1-800-552-3402 (Nationwide Voice/TTY)
Richmond: (804) 662-9333
Fax: (804) 662-9354
Commonwealth Council on Aging
The Commonwealth Council on Aging is composed of citizens from all walks of life and all geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The Council promotes an efficient, coordinated approach by state government to meeting the needs of older Virginians.
The Council has 19 appointed members and four ex-officio members. The Governor appoints 11 members, one from each of Virginia's congressional districts. Of the remaining eight at-large members, four are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates and four by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections. Select this link for a list of Council Members.
The Council meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. For information on a specific Council or committee meeting, contact Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
Visit the Department's Publications page to review and/or download a wealth of information on aging issues, actions and resources in Virginia.
Virginia Public Guardian & Conservator Advisory Board
Public guardianship is a program that provides a decision maker for individuals who:
- Are indigent;
- Cannot adequately care for themselves; and
- Do not have a proper and suitable person willing and able to serve as their decision maker.
Public guardianship services are provided by local social service agencies under contract with Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board, established by º2.2-2411 of the Code of Virginia, provides advice to the Commissioner of the Department for the Aging about public guardianship. The Board also assists in the coordination and management of local public guardianship programs.
The Board consists of no more than fifteen members appointed by the Governor. One member is selected from each of the following groups:
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- Virginia Association of Community Service Boards
- Virginia Area Agencies on Aging
- The Arc Virginia
- Virginia Guardianship Association
- Virginia League of Social Service Executives
- Virginia State Bar
Board members also include:
- An active or retired circuit court judge (recommended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court);
- The Commissioner of the Department of Social Services or his/her designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services or his/her designee;
- The Director of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy or his/her designee; and
- A member of the Commonwealth Council on Aging.
This link provides a list of the current DARS Board Members.
The Board meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. For information on a specific Board meeting, contact Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission
The Commission consists of non-legislative citizen members, appointed as follows:
- Three members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates;
- Two members are appointed by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections; and
- Ten members are appointed by the Governor. Of these 10, seven are appointed from the board members, staff members and volunteers of the Virginia Chapters of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. The other three members are appointed from the public at large. The Commission elects a Chairman from among its membership. This link provides a current list of Commission members.
The Governor designates a member of the Commission to serve as chairman. For information on a specific Commission meeting, contact the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.