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

2020 Conference Update

Thank you so much for you support, interest and excitement for VGCOA 2020! As we were ramping up to open the 2020 conference registration this coming Monday we felt it necessary to have some real conversations about COVID-19. As a team we were also getting emails from speakers inquiring about plans and some notifying, due to travel bans, they were no longer going to be able to participate.

While we don’t know exactly how long this change in lifestyle will last, we feel it is our duty to be proactive and smart stewards of the conference for the benefit of our attendees, sponsors, presenters and partners.

We have had conversations with our partners at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Marriott, our host hotel, and have made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging for Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6. Please mark your calendars! We plan to continue planning as normal, promoting a full fall conference and maintain the same programming.

We will open registration for the conference in August and keep you updated on all details. Your support and engagement is what makes this conference possible and we are thankful to you for your understanding and flexibility to assist with the shift.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Manager, Martina James at martina@vgcoa.com.

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 October 5-6, 2020 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.

2020 Theme

Audience

Goal

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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