Welcome to DARS
Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence and employment
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 was created in 2012 by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging. In 2013, the adult services unit from Virginia's Department of Social Services joined DARS as its Adult Protective Services Division.
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Hurricane season begins June 1. 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.
In honor of Older Virginians Month and the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, Gov. McAuliffe encourages Virginians to join in celebrating how older adults can take charge of their health, get engaged in their communities and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Watch his message.
Each year, Adult Protective Services responds to about 21,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation in the Commonwealth. Gov. McAuliffe urges Virginians to join together to ensure the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth’s adult residents by taking action. Learn more about this issue.
A wellness program initially targeted to older Virginians is helping offenders at five correctional facilities learn to manage their chronic diseases and improve their well-being. DARS and its partners presented an overview of these chronic disease self-management workshops at the recent Southern Gerontological Society's annual meeting. Learn more about the program.
Visit DARS’ Pinterest boards to see assistive technology devices that can help employers interested in hiring Virginians with disabilities, including wounded warriors, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment.
The goal of this initiative is to bring together area leaders to focus on accessible and affordable transportation, housing, and wrap-around support services to help Virginians — of all ages and abilities — live integrated lives in their communities. Find out more.