Past Webinars

Join us every fourth Tuesday of the month at 1pm for our webinar series.
We will cover an array of topics important service and care of Older Virginians.

December 14, 2021

      Toxic Ageism: Losing a Decade of Longevity 

Recorded Webinar

Ageism is everywhere. Microaggressive attitudes and innuendos inundate our daily lives. But what happens when the attitudes are not so subtle? There is nothing subtle about having your life and lived experience compared to a tsunami. There is nothing subtle about infection control protocol that relegates warehouses of elders to isolation and loneliness. This presention will elevate the conversation about toxic ageism and empower participants to “see something, say something.”


Dr. Jay White

Gerontologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Dr. Jay White is a Gerontologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner.  He operates an options counseling practice in Lynchburg and works with the Longevity Project for a greater Richmond on Education and Outreach efforts.

November 16, 2021

Virginia’s Dementia Infrastructure & Initiatives 

Recorded Webinar

Virginia is seeing some exciting developments around cognitive health and dementia. This session will cover the existing framework for developing polices and programs to support people living with dementia and their caregivers including the Dementia State Plan, and provide an overview of recent projects and initiatives that will help realize the vision of a dementia-capable Virginia.


George Worthington
Dementia Services Coordinator
Virginia Dept. for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

As the Dementia Services Coordinator for Virginia’s Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), George Worthington supports the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission, reviews existing programs and works with other agencies to more effectively deliver services to Virginians living with dementia. George has worked in human services for ten years since a career shift from being an economist in Asia and Australia, and has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, Prior to joining DARS, George worked at JABA, the Area Agency on Aging serving Charlottesville and surrounding counties, where he led programs supporting older residents including people living with dementia and their caregivers.

August 24, 2021

2021 Best Practices Awards: Advancing Innovation in Aging Programs

Recorded Webinar

The Commonwealth Council on Aging, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Dominion Energy cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate the Council’s 2021 Best Practices Award Winners! The Best Practices Awards serve to encourage organizations across the Commonwealth to develop and support programs and services that assist older adults to age in their community. Established in 2006, the Best Practices Awards recognize and encourage the replication of model programs, particularly those that foster aging in place, livable communities, and home and community-based services.

The webinar will highlight this year’s amazing winners:

FIRST PLACE: Bay Aging Stable Foundations for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

SECOND PLACE AWARD: Jefferson Area Board for Aging Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) Program

THIRD PLACE AWARD: Inova Health System Medical House Calls Program

Webinar attendees will learn more about these award winning programs, how the programs can be replicated, and how programs can be nominated for the Council’s 2022 Best Practices Awards. Real-time captioning will be provided via Zoom.
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Presenters/Award Receipients

Joshua Gemerek, Senior Vice President, Housing, Bay Aging

Mr. Gemerek has worked for Bay Aging, headquartered in Urbanna, Virginia, since April 1999 and is Senior Vice President, Housing for Bay Housing, a division of Bay Aging. He oversees the operation of 357 multifamily units ($2.2 million annual operating budget) existing in 11 income- and age-restricted apartment properties, the production of new multifamily housing, homeless solutions programs and administration of a sixcounty Housing Choice Voucher Program. Bay Housing has secured more than $40 million in grants for affordable housing development, construction, and operations, administers the local Weatherization Assistance, Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation and Emergency Home Repair Programs and partners with local governments on Community Development Block

Marta Keane, CEO, JABA

Marta Keane has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She came to JABA as COO in the Fall of 2012. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure- both internal and external. The opportunities grow as JABA works to help people age in community, through providing services and support along the continuum of aging. During her previous 27 years, she worked in executive positions overseeing rehab programs for national rehab and skilled nursing companies. Her entire career has been focused on helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life, in the place of their choice. She believes in creating a community that honors and respects the gifts that seniors have to offer.

Winter Broadhurst, Volunteer Services Coordinator, JABA

Winter Broadhurst is the Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, responsible for managing Neighbor to Neighbor and Friends in Schools Helping programs as well as overseeing recruitment, screening, placement, and support of volunteers across the organization. Broadhust has a degree in Digital Media and Communications with a background in adult education services with a passion for nonprofit work and connecting people to meaningful experiences through volunteerism.

Lauren Elcesser, LCSW, Inova Health

Lauren Elcesser, LCSW, graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University in 2011 and has served older adults in a variety of community-based settings over the last decade. Working with home health, hospice, and as a case manager and community educator she became intimately aware of the challenges faced by the older adult population such as, social isolation, caregiver burnout, and difficulties accessing services when homebound. Lauren joined the Medical House Calls team in December of 2021 and supported operations for administering over 1,200 vaccines to homebound older adults.” The Medical House Calls team serves the Northern Virginia community in amazing ways and vaccinating the most vulnerable in our community was true privilege.”

June 29, 2021

Senior Housing – Trends, Issues, and Options

Recorded Webinar

This session will provide a high level over view of the trends and issues of senior housing in today’s market along with a discussion of the current options available.


Suzanne Armstrong, MS HDFP, Strategic Housing Officer, Virginia Housing

April 27, 2021

Medicare Coverage, the COVID-19 Vaccine & Preventative Services

Recorded Webinar

Medicare Part B covers certain preventive services (Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit, Flu Shots, Cancer Screenings, and more) and certain vaccines (Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B), and these vaccines are not subject to Part B coinsurance and the deductible. Medicare Part B also covers vaccines related to medically necessary treatment.

Based on a provision in the CARES Act, a vaccine that is approved by the FDA for COVID-19 is covered by Medicare under Part B with no cost sharing for Medicare beneficiaries for the vaccine or its administration. This applies to beneficiaries in both traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Join Arlington County’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program and the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging for a webinar focused on Medicare, preventive services, and preventive care related to COVID-19.


Michelle Thomas, MPA, Program Coordinator
Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP)
Arlington County Government
Arlington Area Agency on Aging

Phuong Tong, MBA
Office of Program Operations and Local Engagement
Region III, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

March 23, 2021

COVID-19 and its Impact on Elder Fraud and Abuse

Recorded Webinar

With more seniors experiencing the emotional impacts of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, grifters are monopolizing on new and varied opportunities to manipulate and cheat seniors out of valuable information, their identities and money. This seminar will examine some of the scams and tactics used by criminals to take advantage of this vulnerable population.


Shawn Smith, Virginia SMP Director
Senior Medicare Patrol

Brian K. Payne, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Old Dominion University

February 23, 2021

Public and Private Guardianship in Virginia and Protection of Individuals under Virginia Guardianship Law

Recorded Webinar

The webinar will discuss the differences between public and private guardianship in Virginia, as well as the fundamentals of the legal process for appointing a guardian. As part of this discussion Patti will highlight some of the protections the law provides to individuals who are the subject of a legal proceeding for the appointment of a guardian.


Patti G. Meire, Esq.

Coordinator Public Guardian and Conservator Program
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

January 19, 2021

Virginia Nutrition Programs: Aligning with VA’s Roadmap to End Hunger

Recorded Webinar

How are the current federal and state nutrition programs aligning with the Governor’s Roadmap to End Hunger? With a focus on Senior Nutrition Programs, this presentation will take a deeper dive into Senior Hunger and spotlight integral programs address hunger in our communities.


Kelly Wright, RDN

Nutrition Program Coordinator Office of Aging Services

Div. of Community Living Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

December 15, 2020

Well Being at Work: Addressing Stress as a Caregiver or Health Professional

Recorded Webinar

Well-being is extremely important during these times, both personally and professionally. If we think of it this way, every week, the majority of our time is spent working. So how we show up really gives us the opportunity to make life better for people – whether it be ourselves, our customers, or other employees.

This webinar on Well-Being at Work: Addressing Stress as a Caregiver or Healthcare Professional, will go over practical applications to implement throughout your day – at work and at home. Scientifically tested meditation and mindfulness techniques will be shared to help in reducing stress and living with greater ease.

This webinar is not just for the professional, please feel free to share this with your colleagues, friends, clients, family and community partners. The information and practical solutions shared in this webinar will be beneficial to our entire network, as we find ourselves increasingly stressed and overwhelmed with our every day lives at work and at home, the holidays and all aspects of the ongoing pandemic.


Sarah Gravely
Wellness Consultant

Sarah graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in Public Relations and Communications and has 15+ years of corporate experience as Personal Assistant to High Networth Individuals, Executive Assistant to C-Suite, Event Planning, Project Management.

She is certified in Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certification from Mindful Leader, and is a contributing Member of the Wellness at Work Initiative with the Global Wellness Institute.

November 17, 2020

Serving Rural Older Americans- The Answer is YES!

Recorded Webinar

As an advocate for many years for persons in rural areas, Donna will share lessons learned, approaches that worked and didn’t work, and how her AAA is working to come back better from the pandemic.  She will share new interventions that have been put in place over the past few months that will continue into the future.  She will also issue a “call to action” to everyone to share the stories, the successes, and the interventions used and needed into the future to ensure that all older Americans can continue to reside where they choose. The question is can we and the answer is yes and is in all of you!

Mary Ann will discuss how they pivoted staff in their nutrition program to deal with the onslaught of people requesting meals during the shut-down, and nutrition services we added to deal with emerging needs.  She will also discuss their contract with the local department of health to provide meals to people in quarantine and steps taken to keep this delivery system separate from MOW delivery to frail elders.  Local food producers reached out with excess product and how they distributed these food donations, as well as, how this conundrum inspired us to offer a “farm to senior table” program later in the summer.  While all traditional congregate dining closed our collaborations with local restaurant is expanding and how we worked with local access TV cable stations to offer Exercise, health and wellness programs to broadcast our programs over cable and YouTube.

Moderator and Panel Members

Regina Sayers, Executive Director, Moderator
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

Donna Harvey, CEO
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging

As an advocate for many years for persons in rural areas, Donna will share lessons learned, approaches that worked and didn’t work, and how her AAA is working to come back better from the pandemic.  She will share new interventions that have been put in place over the past few months that will continue into the future.  She will also issue a “call to action” to everyone to share the stories, the successes, and the interventions used and needed into the future to ensure that all older Americans can continue to reside where they choose. The question is can we and the answer is yes and is in all of you!

Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director
Office on Aging, Chautauqua County, New York
Vice President, Board of Directors, N4A

Dr. Mary Ann Spanos completed her bachelor of science in Physical Therapy at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986 and her doctorate at Boston University in 2005. She worked in geriatric rehab for close to 20 years before her appointment in 2007 as Chautauqua County’s Office for the Aging Director. She represents Region II (NY & NJ) and is currently Vice President the N4A board of Directors.

Chautauqua County AAA also known as the Office for Aging services is a rural agricultural community located in the southwestern corner of NY State bordering Pennsylvania. About 25% of the population of the 129,000 residents are 60+
years old. During her tenure, Dr. Spanos has made it her mission to increase community awareness about the Office for the Aging and to shape programs and services to meet the needs of current and future seniors.

October 27, 2020

The Unique Challenges of Social Isolation During the Holidays

Recorded Webinar

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The COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent emphasis on quarantine and social distancing, has illuminated the problem of social isolation. The effects of social isolation, in conjunction with correlates like loneliness and mental health distress, can be detrimental and especially poignant during the holidays. Join us for this panel discussion moderated by Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, to examine the effects of social isolation, and explore creative strategies to enhance social connectedness. The panel will include Matthew Fullen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, and Catherine MacDonald, M.S.,Virginia Commonwealth University. Using an interactive format, our speakers will discuss the significance of social isolation, the important role of behavioral health for older adults, and how attendees can help during the holidays and beyond during the pandemic.

A panel discussion moderated by Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, will explore issues related to the impact of COVID-19 on the unique challenges of social isolation during the holidays.

Moderator and Panel Members

Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D.


Professor and Director, Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology

Pamela B. Teaster is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech. She is the North American Representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, President of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Guardianship Certification and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and the Journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Review. Dr. Teaster is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and is a recipient of the Isabella Horton Grant Award for Guardianship (National College of Probate Judges), the Rosalie Wolf Award for Research on Elder Abuse (NAPSA), the Outstanding Affiliate Member Award (Kentucky Guardianship Association), and the Distinguished Educator Award (Kentucky Association for Gerontology). Former president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, she has received continuous funding for over 20 years from public and private sources. Her areas of scholarship include the abuse of elders and vulnerable adults, guardianship, end-of-life issues, ethical treatment of older adults, and public policy and public affairs. She has published over 200 scholarly articles, reports, and book chapters and is the editor/author of 6 books.

Matthew Fullen, PhD, MDiv, LPCC (OH)

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Dr. Matthew Fullen is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech where he is faculty in the counselor education program and affiliate faculty in the Center for Gerontology. Dr. Fullen’s research focuses on  older adults’ access to mental health care, community-based suicide prevention strategies, and the pursuit of wellness and resilience across the life span. Fullen’s work on expanding Medicare mental health access has been nationally recognized by the American Counseling Association (2020). He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on an Administration for Community Living grant to address social isolation, loneliness, and elevated suicide risk in older adults.

Catherine MacDonald, M.S.

VCU Department of Gerontology 

Catherine MacDonald is a gerontologist based in Richmond. She focuses her work on bringing gerontologists, changemakers, and other community members together to develop and implement community-driven, evidence-based solutions. On the topic of social isolation and connectedness, Catherine has presented for national academic and scientific conferences, such as for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America, Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE: The Intersection of Innovation and Aging, and the Southern Gerontological Society. She earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

September 22, 2020

Advance Care Planning

Recorded Webinar

We talk a lot about how we want to live our life. What are our goals? And yet, we often avoid a discussion about our goals for end of life. This has come more to the forefront during COVID.

Moderated by Marta Keane, this webinar will explain the importance of advance care planning, and how to approach it- what resources are available and who should be part of the discussion. Nathan Kottkamp and Dr. Angela Stiltner have a long history of advocating and educating on this topic. They will share their expertise and answer questions. It is time to start the conversation!

Moderator and Panel Members

Marta Keane


(Jefferson Area Board for Aging)

Dr. Angela Stiltner, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM

Senior Medical Director
Hospice of the Piedmont

Dr. Angie Stiltner graduated from The University of Virginia with both her undergraduate and medical school degrees. After graduation, she completed a UVA-affiliated Family Medicine residency and Geriatric fellowship with Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA. Post-fellowship, she was a full-time faculty member at the University of Virginia from 2004-2010 primarily working in Geriatric Medicine. She is currently a visiting UVA Associate Professor of Family Medicine as she continues to teach medical students, residents and fellows in her current role with Hospice of the Piedmont. Dr. Stiltner joined Hospice of the Piedmont in 2011 and has been the Senior Medical Director since 2014. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, she received her Hospice Medical Director Certification in 2014 and was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2018.

She has devoted much of her career to teaching and mentoring others. In recognition of that and her stature in the field, Dr. Stiltner was named one of eight national scholars selected for the Hearst Foundation’s Leadership Scholars Fund through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The two year old Scholars Fund was designed to increase the number of qualified hospice and palliative medicine physicians who have access to specialized leadership development opportunities to supplement clinical training. As part of this scholarship, Dr. Stiltner is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership enrolled in a program for certification as a physician executive.

Dr. Stiltner received the OurHealth magazine First Place “Best Bedside Manner” award for Palliative Medicine in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is the founding physician chair of a national pharmacy and therapeutics committee through Delta Care Rx. Founded in 2018, this important national initiative is charged with providing a collective, national voice for safe, precise, and age-appropriate medication management at the end of life. Dr. Stiltner is a past President of the Albemarle County Medical Society and has served on their executive committee since 2013. Last year, she joined the Central Virginia Advanced Directive community collaborative to help support awareness and education regarding advance care planning initiatives in her local community.

Nathan Kottkamp

Waller Law

A partner in Waller’s Healthcare Department, Nathan Kottkamp provides counsel on compliance with federal and state healthcare regulations and day-to-day operational issues. His experience includes hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, behavioral healthcare services providers, specialty physician practices and post-acute and long-term care providers. Additionally, Nathan represents healthcare providers before professional and licensing boards, and he has successfully obtained certificates of public need for dozens of critical projects ranging from service expansions to the development of new hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

August 25, 2020

Social Isolation in Long Term Care Facilities

Recorded Webinar

Join our speakers Melissa Andrews of LeadingAge Virginia, Sarah Lineberger with Virginia Department of Health and lead support to the Governor‘s Long Term Care COVID-19 Task Force and Secretary Richard Prudom, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, as they discuss how COVID-19 has affected those living in Long Term Care Facilities and how they are attempting to combat social isolation while keeping their residents healthy and engaged. Melissa and Sarah will share insight on data and functionality in LTC facilities across the Commonwealth, while Secretary Prudom shares what Florida is doing to combat their quickly rising infection numbers and ensuring residents still have contact with loved ones outside of their living facilities through Project VITAL. This is an interactive panel discussion and our speakers share first hand experiences, lessons learned and proposed solutions to address isolation.

Moderator and Panel Members

Melissa Andrews

President & CEO, LeadingAge Virginia

Melissa Andrews joined the LeadingAge Virginia staff as President & CEO in 2016 after 14 years with LeadingAge (national). LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not for profit aging services providers, serving the entire continuum, expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Their vision of positive aging for each Virginian is one they seek to attain through advocacy, education, and establishing a leadership position within the Commonwealth.

Melissa leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, leading the team and raising the visibility of the association in pursuit of its vision to impact older Virginians wherever they live.

Under Melissa’s leadership, Dementia Friendly Virginia was launched in collaboration with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Dementia Friends initiative was launched in Virginia. The pillars of LeadingAge’s strategic plan are workforce, impact and capacity building.

Prior to joining the LeadingAge Virginia team, Melissa served as the Vice President, Board Development & Member Relations at LeadingAge (national), facilitating board development retreats and strategic planning processes around the country. Melissa continues to serve as a governance resource in her current role, facilitating leadership retreats nationally.

Melissa is a frequent speaker at conferences, educational events and has been featured in media interviews about dementia and aging issues.

Melissa was a class of 2010 LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy fellow. In 2012, she received the BoardSource© Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education, and in 2013, Melissa received The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services’ Certified Aging Services Professional national certification.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston College. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, daughter, stepchildren and French Bulldog. Her “why’s” in life are her family and positively impacting the aging experience both in Virginia and across the nation.

Sarah Lineberger, MPH

Virginia Department of Health

Sarah Lineberger is the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program Manager in the Office of Epidemiology at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). She served as the VDH HAI Epidemiologist before moving into the program manager role in December 2016. She currently oversees a team of clinicians and epidemiologists working to protect patients receiving healthcare in Virginia by preventing healthcare-associated and antimicrobial-resistant infections.

Sarah completed a CDC/CSTE HAI Applied Epidemiology Fellowship at the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health before joining VDH six years ago. She has a Master of Public Health in Global Epidemiology from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wake Forest University. She is on the Young Professional Leadership Council for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Virginia Chapter, and is the current President of the Wake Forest Richmond Alumni Group.

Secretary Richard Prudom

Secretary, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.5 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.

Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has served at the Department of Elder Affairs as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff.

Prudom received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. In September 2014, Prudom took the oath to become an American citizen and now enjoys dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.

July 28, 2020

Social Isolation in Community Based Services

Recorded Webinar

This is the first webinar in a two-part series that will address social isolation. After the inaugural VGCOA webinar in June, social isolation emerged as the topic our attendees wanted to hear more about.  The July 28th session (1-2pm) will focus on social isolation in community based services, followed by our August webinar (August 25) focusing on social isolation in long term care facilities. This will be an interactive panel discussion and our speakers will share first hand experiences, lessons learned and proposed solutions to address isolation.

Moderator and Panel Members

Regina Sayers, MSM, Moderator

Regina Sayers has been the executive director of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens for 10 years and leads 214 employees and directs over 30 programs. Prior to joining AASC, she worked 34 years in the medical field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and medical technology and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Marshall University. During her tenure at AASC, Sayers has grown and cultivated the Community Based Transitions program and the PACE program from 35 participants to a current enrollment of 107 and a revenue of $10 million. Ms. Sayers received the 2019 n4a Excellence in Leadership Award in New Orleans, LA.

James Sawyer

James Sawyer serves as executive director for InnovAge’s Richmond PACE center in Richmond, Virginia. James has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field, with extensive experience providing care to seniors and those with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the team at Richmond, James was executive director at InnovAge’s Blue Ridge PACE center. Previously, James served as a center director for LIFE programs in Pennsylvania, where he provided operational oversight and worked to increase the number of participants in the program. James received his MSW from Temple University, his MBA from Eastern University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Outside of InnovAge, James sits on the board of directors for several organizations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Kathy Vesley

Kathy Vesley-Massey is the President and CEO of Bay Aging – a nonprofit Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serving the rural eastern coast of Virginia. In addition to traditional aging programs, Bay Aging provides senior housing, public transportation and in-home transitional health care. In 2017 her agency and collaboration were awarded The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award for forging a statewide coalition of Area Agencies on Aging, named VAAACares (pronounced “V – Triple A – Cares”). VAAACares has contracted with multiple health systems and MCOs. It has third party verification that its interventions significantly reduce unnecessary hospital and emergency room visits and Care Coordination improves health outcomes. Prior to joining Bay Aging in 1998 she served for several years as the Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department for the Aging, a term as the Acting Commissioner for Virginia’s Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and in other state leadership positions. She graduated with degrees in History and Sociology from The College of William and Mary and American Sign Language Certification from Gallaudet University.

June 23, 2020

Issues Revealed for Older Virginians by the Pandemic

Recorded Webinar

A panel discussion moderated by Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, will explore a variety of issues uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic that older Virginians have faced/are facing–from isolation, to access to legal representation, to specific impacts of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities.  Dr. Teaster will lead panelists Dr. Richard Lindsay, Joani Latimer and Veronica Williams, J.D., in a dynamic, hour long conversation framed by ethics and how to approach the treatment and care of older adults as we move forward. Using an interactive format, our speakers will share their experiences in their respective areas of expertise, the impact, and what they have learned during crisis management, followed by the steps needed moving forward to create a safer space and community for older adults and those working with and on behalf of them across the Commonwealth.