Council on Aging Meetings

Person-Centered Care for Diverse Populations: The LGBTQ Experience and Aging

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020; 9-10:30 a.m.

Despite recent advances, LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) older adults experience discrimination throughout the long-term care continuum. The research tells us that a holistic approach to care results in positive health outcomes. How do we give the most competent and sensitive care to diverse populations, especially in these challenging times? Please join us for an interactive presentation by Dr. Jay White, Director of Outreach and Education at the Longevity Project for a Greater Richmond.

Social Security:  With You Through Life’s Journey….

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020; 9-10:30 a.m.

Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about Social Security, from how to qualify for benefits, to tips for surviving spouses, and how we can protect ourselves from frauds and scams, in one presentation.  In addition, updates on the COVID-19 virus will be offered. Presented by Jackie Weisgarber, Public Affairs Specialist for the Richmond Office of the Social Security Administration.

Partnership for Housing Accessibility: Focus on Chesterfield

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020; 9-10:30 a.m.

Richmond Regional Housing Framework is an action plan to increase housing opportunities through policy. This presentation will examine regional housing needs at large- from rental to homeownership- and specific challenges in Chesterfield County. In addition to data, potential policy solutions for seniors, rental, housing instability, and many other topics will be discussed. Presented by Jovan Burton, Director of Implementation at Partnership for Housing Affordability.

Looking for Love: A Seniors Guide to Online Dating

Thursday, July 23, 2020; 9-10:30 a.m.

With the pervasiveness of social media in our daily lives, more and more seniors are connecting with others online, not just through dating websites and apps but also social media platforms like Facebook. Shannon Freeman, Director of Programs and Community Outreach for the Office of the Attorney General will look at some of the potential risks, red flags of fraudsters, and tips for protecting oneself from romance scams.

Care Management in the Acute Setting

Thursday, June 25, 2020; 9-10:30 a.m.

What is care management? What does an inpatient care manager do? Discover the difference between care management and case management. Care managers can arrange services and settings for all patients, whatever their level of need. Find out how to help patients be prepared for a trip to the emergency room. Why is it important to have an advanced care plan while in the hospital? Anita Lentz, Manager of Care Management at St. Francis Medical Center will answer these questions and more.

Council on Aging Zoom Meeting: Aging into Elderhood

Thursday, May 28, 2020; 9 - 10:30 a.m.

In this presentation, we will explore the phenomenon of ageism within all levels of society. We will discuss how the cultural narrative of aging as decline and the institutionalization of retirement as a stage of life has shaped our expectations and experiences and understanding of Elderhood as a unique development in the life cycle. Together we will examine what we think we know about Elderhood, what we know about Elderhood and what we have yet to discover about the unique period in our life. Presented by Dr. Tracey Gendron, Chair, VCU Department of Gerontology.

Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation!

Thursday, April 23, 2020; 9 - 10:30 a.m.

What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? Advance care planning helps you think about health care choices you have to make in the future; talk about your choices with a doctor and your loved ones; and make a written plan for the future. Join us in this important conversation to help make your wishes known. Presented by Honoring Choices Virginia.