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Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.
DARS includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division for Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, the Office of Community Integration and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Learn more in this overview of the agency.
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Medicare beneficiaries preparing for open enrollment next month may want to consider their current health needs and the many preventive services covered by Medicare. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program state director has these tips for older Virginians looking to prepare for the enrollment period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7.
Marcia DuBois will lead Virginia’s Division for the Aging and its programs as its new director, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Commissioner Jim Rothrock announced. As VDA director, DuBois will oversee efforts and programs that foster the independence and well-being of older Virginians and their caregivers, support the Commonwealth’s network of 25 Area Agencies on Aging, and guide Virginia in preparing for an aging population.
A dozen youth with disabilities in the DARS PERT program spent five days on the WWRC campus participating in a manufacturing academy designed to give them experience and basic manufacturing skills. A group of Virginia manufacturing leaders toured the manufacturing technology lab where the students demonstrated the solar-powered water filtration unit they built as well as the bottling and labeling process. Learn more about the academy and WWRC’s plans to develop a manufacturing vocational program.
Matt Paxton, start of cable TV's "Hoarders," spoke at the recent Governor's Conference on Aging about elder hoarding, what leads people to hoard and why he says the issue may worsen. Watch his interview with DARS.
It's hurricane season. Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of a storm? Learn from the Virginia Department for Emergency Management what items you should have ready for those with special needs at http://bit.ly/11TKGaB or for older adults at http://bit.ly/10U7FmO. Visit www.readyvirginia.gov for more.