Our mission is '"empowering seniors to live with dignity and choice" in their homes and communities. We serve as a resource in the community for seniors and caregivers who need assistance in planning for and making decisions later in life. Through our programs and services we encourage and empower seniors to improve and maintain their quality of life. Assistance is available to residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.
Senior Connections plays an important role in shaping the Richmond region's health and long term care system by providing a range of home and community services. We are continually strengthening our capacity to promote the dignity and independence of older citizens while supporting the needs of caregivers and integrating services for persons with disabilities. Major accomplishments for 2016
Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1973. Senior Connections is a member of a network of approximately 700 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) with 25 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Senior Connections receives federal funding under the provisions of the Older Americans Act and state funds administered by the Virginia Department for the Aging. Funding is also provided by city and county governments.
As a private nonprofit organization, Senior Connections accepts and are most appreciative of community support in the form of monetary donations, contributions, and volunteer service. The Agency welcomes opportunities for partnerships. Senior Connections serves as an umbrella organization for services, partnerships and volunteer opportunities.
We appreciate the opportunity to profile our Agency on GiveRichmond. Senior Connections has a number of partnerships with other agencies in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. These partnerships provide the opportunity for us to share current resources, develop collaborative initiatives and plan together for the future. The Richmond Region is taking a lead in preparing for the "Age Wave" of baby boomers that are now going into their retirement years. A recent survey conducted by the Older Dominion Partnership, a statewide planning initiative, concluded that our communities are not prepared for the increase in older residents or the costs that it will take to provide support for them. On the other hand, we need to recognize older adults as valuable resources that can be called upon to volunteer in support of needy seniors and others in our communities. While providing critical services for today's seniors is a priority for us, we are also concerned about the demographic shift that our communities are experiencing. Our challenge is to keep pace with the needs that we have for services while creating opportunities that will make our communities livable for people of all ages. It will cost more to provide the home and community services that our most vulnerable seniors need. Therefore, we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of GiveRichmond and to share resources with other community groups who are partners in our human services network.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of Senior Connections, I wish to thank you for your interest in our programs, services, and needs. We have an updated Five Year Strategic Plan that incorporates our major planning initiatives including a Four Year Plan for Aging Services and the Richmond Region Age Wave Plan. We have 3 focus areas: Visibility & Marketing, Programs & Services, Funding & Resources. This plan is used to guide our current and future service delivery to older adults, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. It is also a key mechanism for our communications with community partners, citizens, and the public. This plan is updated annually, engaging the public in the planning process as we consider priorities, needs, and issues to address. The public’s input is critical to ensure our plan is reflective of community concerns and includes a range of service options that appropriately meet the needs of our older population and their caregivers. We strive to be strategic and innovative in our approaches to both planning and service delivery.
It is important to note that as our Baby Boomer population ages, this “Age Wave” will create an unprecedented increase in the needs of the older population and the services we provide. In addition to addressing this growth in our planning process, we have teamed up with the United Way of Greater Richmond to incorporate our work with the Age Wave Plan Initiative for the Richmond Region. Some jointly identified priorities include workforce/employment, easier access to resources, support for caregivers, transportation, housing, civic/community engagement, health and well being.
Thank you again for your interest in our agency and our mission of assisting seniors in living with dignity and choices in their homes and communities.
Before serving as Commissioner for VDA, Dr. Watson was Acting Commissioner from November 1989 until January 1990 under Governor Gerald Baliles and Deputy Commissioner from June 1988 until November 1989. Prior to her employment with the Commonwealth of Virginia, she was Deputy Director of the Crater District Area Agency on Aging in Petersburg, VA for eight years. Dr. Watson worked with the Crater Planning District Commission and its member local governments in several positions related to aging, human services and human resources from 1972 to 1980. She has served on numerous local state and federal boards and advisory councils.
A gerontologist and public administrator, Dr. Watson received a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a graduate degree in Gerontology from VCU and undergraduate degree in Sociology/Social Work from Virginia State University. Additionally, she completed the Virginia Executive Institute. Dr. Watson has also completed the National Long Term Care Institute, which is part of the National Association of Area Agency on Aging.
Dr. Watson is a native of Virginia and resides in Petersburg, Virginia.
Access to information, services, and resources is one of the top unmet needs consistently identified in our area. Senior Connections functions as an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and is the first place to go with aging and disability questions. We provide information and assistance regarding public benefits and other services and programs available throughout the area. Individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals can receive information specifically tailored to each person's situation. ADRC services can be provided at our office, by telephone or through a home visit. Services include: information on options, benefits counseling, options counseling, planning for future needs, referral, assessment, and eligibility screening. Referrals to services are made based on customers’ needs. Soon public agencies and participating private providers will be able to share client information in a confidential and secure manner through a web-based software system. Individuals receiving services will have to tell their story only once and their information can then be sent to other agencies electronically with the person’s permission.
Family members are the primary providers of long-term care for loved ones. Family caregiving is the act of assisting someone you care about, who may be chronically ill, disabled, or unable to care for him or herself. Our Caregiver Support Services provide information about available services and assistance with accessing these services; individual counseling, support groups, training to help with problem solving and decision making, and hands on care. Respite Care provides temporary relief for caregivers through home care and adult day care.
The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) counselors provide information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental, and Medicare Advantage insurance; Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D); Medicare Savings Programs (including premiums, deductibles, and copayments); Long Term Care insurance; understanding medical and insurance statements; filing claims and appeals; and Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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