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

2021 Conference Update

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

The Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging aims to bring together professionals to engage on critical issues facing older adults and their caregivers and the needs revealed as we continually adapt and anticipate what is next. 

Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty we are still facing, our Steering Committee, along with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging, have decided to pivot the 2021 Conference to a virtual format!  We believe this is the safest and most responsible way to host our program. It is a multi-day conference to be held the week of May 24, 2021. 

If you submitted a conference session proposal for consideration in 2020, your session proposal is still being considered for the 2021 Virtual Conference.  If you would like to adjust your session proposal for any reason, please follow the instructions below. If you submitted a proposal in 2020 and would no longer like it to be considered for the 2021 conference, please contact

The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging are hosting the 2021 virtual Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging in May 2021.

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 2021 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



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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