Aging Together is a partnership-driven agency that helps our region prepare for an unprecedented growth in the older population, assuring local residents will have the services and supports they need as they age. This partnership is built on an alliance of more than 150 regional organizations and individuals who actively participate in one or more County Teams that work in their communities and collaborate across agencies, counties and interest areas. Participants are mostly volunteers that include senior citizens, home care and hospice agency staff, hospital representatives, service providers, faith community leaders, business employees, law enforcement and first responders, local government officials, and other concerned citizens.
This unique model of collaboration assures success in developing programs and services that make sense at the local level, since those who work and live in a community are most aware of its gaps.
Aging Together Regional Coalition
The Aging Together Regional Coalition was formed at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis response team to assure accessibility of services such as food and transportation to older adults in isolation. The large number of organizations from our 5 counties continues to meet monthly via Zoom and has evolved into an ongoing needs response collaborative for older adults. Frequently regional speakers talk about important programs and services available for older adults, and coalition partners have a platform to update each other about their own organizational proceedings. The result is an informed group that enables efficiency and collaboration for the best outcome to providing for older adults in need.
County Teams meet monthly with a volunteer Team Chair and an Aging Together staff person to consider need in their specific county. Their purpose is to outline disparities in services and resources, and to foster solutions. This model has worked well because challenges are defined and worked out at a very local level assuring optimal response. For more information about County Teams, click HERE.
CLAC was organized in conjunction with partners as a task force dedicated specifically to help aging citizens remain in place within their current communities. They focus on Liveable Community models to help with present-day need. CLAC consists of volunteers from different sectors in Culpeper. Contact Aging Together for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedmont Dementia Education Committee (PDEC)
The PDEC provides educational programs for caregivers and health professionals who work with those living with dementia. They present an annual caregivers educational conference and quarterly dementia education programs. Members include:Capital Caring, Cornerstone Cares, Culpeper County Library,First Light Home Care, Generations Central Adult Day, The Harbor at Renaissance, Healthy Steps, & RRCS.
Aging Together partners with the Regional Transportation Collaborative to find solutions for those who seek transportation options. Aging Together supports the collaborative with a staff person who recruits volunteer drivers to help older adults and those with disabilities get to appointments, grocery stores, doctors, etc.
The Senior Services Collaborative (SSC), facilitated by Aging Together, was designed to help community organizations focus and align their efforts to optimize senior services and supports in the area that represents the PATH Foundation footprint – Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. Through quarterly meetings and workgroups community agencies hear from local experts about housing, transportation, access to food, social isolation and other issues facing older adults and then respond with innovative solutions.
In 2020 – 2021, with funding from the PATH Foundation, the following initiatives were launched in partnership with the Senior Services Collaborative:
Homecare Companion Program – This project is a hands-on pilot designed to test, adapt and refine the framework for providing in-home care facilitated by Rapp at Home, a rural neighbor-to-neighbor program. The pilot was developed in coordination with DSS, People Inc., Aging Together and PATH.
Meal delivery program – Fauquier FISH, the host agency in partnership with Fauquier County Department of Social Services (DSS), received PATH funding for a meal delivery program for isolated seniors modeled after FISH programs for children.
Creation of the Regional Resource Guide for Older Adults - Aging Together in partnership with PATH, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS) and other partners created a Resource Guide tailored to older adults and their caregivers. The first of its kind in the region, the Guide includes a Spanish language section.
Generations Central Adult Day - Located at Culpeper Baptist Church, the steering committee has been meeting for two years and represents a collaborative effort of Culpeper Baptist Church, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, George Mason University, Aging Together, and PATH.
Project Lifesaver for the Warrenton Sheriff’s Department
Projects for the future include:
A behavioral Health Screening tool, through RRCS, for older adults
Creative Interventions for Caregiver Training with George Mason University