The Office for Aging Services, Division for Community Living (DARS) focuses on improving the response to older adults and Virginians with disabilities who need some aid in maintaining their options for independence, safety and employment. The department 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. It is a central point of contact for information and services.
The Office for Aging Services, Division for Community Living'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.
It 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 the Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living.
The Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living
Toll-Free: 1-800-552-3402 (Nationwide Voice/TTY)
Richmond: (804) 662-9333
Fax: (804) 662-9354
Commonwealth Council on Aging
The purpose of the Council is to promote an efficient, coordinated approach by state government to meeting the needs of older Virginians.
For information on a specific Council or committee meeting, visit https://www.vda.virginia.gov/boardsandcouncils.htm or contact the department.
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 meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. For information on a specific Board meeting, contact the department.
Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission
The Commission also sponsors a website 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, www.alzpossible.org 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.
For information on a specific Commission meeting, contact the department.