Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging: Connect. Collaborate. Contribute: Communities for the Future.

2020 Conference Update

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Thank you, again, for your support and interest in the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging (VGCOA). The VGCOA team would like to share updates as we move forward.

Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the next several months, we spent the past couple weeks working with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging, our Steering Committee, our major sponsors and the Richmond Marriott to look at the possibility of shifting VGCOA 2020 to May 2021. We felt this shift was critical to the success of the conference and made the decision to shift VGCOA to May 17-18, 2021. 

We had serious concerns that our attendees and their employers are just stretched too thin right now to allocate dollars for sending staff to a conference in October. By pushing out to next May, we also feel it puts us in a strong position to have strong data driven conversation about the pandemic, how we handled it and innovative ideas that came out of it.

We can’t say enough wonderful things about our lead sponsors and how supportive and gracious each of them have been because without their investment this conference would not be possible.

As we look towards May 2021 we want to keep you engaged and learning and we plan to do that by launching a FREE monthly webinar series, starting June 2020! The dates and first couple webinars will be announced in the next couple weeks, but we would like to hear from you, what are the topics that are important to you?  What are the webinars that you would find helpful at this time? Please use the survey below to provide us with feedback! 

Additionally, we have heard at past conferences it would be helpful if sessions were certified for attendees to receive continuing education credits. We are fortunate to have a very diverse attendee roster and you could help us by letting us know which accreditations you need to maintain your professional license.  This will help us identify those in high demand and decide which credits are possible to include in the 2021 conference.  We can’t do this without your feedback!  Please use the survey below to share those accreditations with our team! 

We have some very exciting things planned as we navigate towards the 2021 conference and we cannot wait to share! Please stay on the lookout for more information.

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The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging are hosting the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging on May 17-18, 2021 in Richmond. The 2020 conference, “Connect. Collaborate. Contribute: Communities for the Future” will provide the opportunity for participants to take an active role in making Virginia a better place to live for our aging population. The two day conference will include breakout sessions in three focus areas and keynote speakers that will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. The conference will yield recommendations to current and future policy makers on measures to be taken to make Virginia one of the most livable states for all ages.

Virginia’s population is becoming older and more diverse. Today there are nearly 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth age 60 and over, and this population will expand to more than two million by 2030 when the baby boom generation will be between 66 and 84 years old. Virginia’s aging population is living longer due to the advances in health care; older Virginians with chronic conditions to receive assistance for longer periods of time and they will also serve as valuable resources. This year’s program will also add a new focus area to engage community advocates from across the Commonwealth. The two day 2020 conference will include breakout sessions focused on our three topic areas and keynote speakers that will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. Moreover, the conference will yield recommendations for current and future policy makers on measures to be taken to make Virginia the most age-friendly state in the Union.

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Connect. Collaborate. Contribute: Communities for the Future will include three focus areas to create engagement and action across the Commonwealth:

  • Culture Change in Long Term Services and Support
  • Safety and Financial Security: Older Adults in the new Virginia economy
  • Livable Communities: Developing Innovative Solutions for Addressing Barriers to Sharing Collaborative Strategies

The conference is designed for professionals in the aging service network, including, healthcare, government, businesses, academia, students, nonprofit, and volunteers.

Active engagement of participants in conversations to promote a healthy and safe Commonwealth for older adults, families service providers and community partners.

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