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 on Aging prepares an annual report for the Governor and General Assembly. You may review the Council's current report.
The Council has 19 appointed members and five 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. View here for a list of Council Members.
The Council meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. Meetings of the Council and each of its committees are announced in advance on the Commonwealth Calendar. Minutes of recent meetings are also available on the Calendar.
Council's Guiding Principles
The Commonwealth Council on Aging believes that Virginia should base its approach to addressing the needs of its older residents on the following guiding principles. These principles reflect each Council member's commitment to the independence, dignity, and security of the people they serve.
- The Commonwealth should support families in their efforts to care for frail, older members in their own homes and communities.
- The Commonwealth should encourage persons of all ages to take personal responsibility for developing healthy lifestyles.
- The Commonwealth should encourage Virginians of all working ages to prepare for retirement in comfort and dignity.
- The Commonwealth should reduce barriers to the gainful employment of older persons.
- The Commonwealth should provide opportunities for all Virginians to develop the skills a technological age requires.
- The Commonwealth should utilize the wisdom and experience of older persons in service to their communities.
For information on a specific Council or committee meeting, or for any questions, contact Charlotte Arbogast at 804-662-7093 or email her at Charlotte.Arbogast@dars.virginia.gov.