Aging Together's Impact & Successes
- Older adults and their families have access to an expanded range of options for long term care and supportive services (with Aging Together serving as a catalyst and resource developer)
- Communities and decision-makers value older adults and their families and consider their needs and preferences in all local planning (with Aging Together serving as a resource and source of information to assist decision-makers)
- Aging Together has generated $2,264,820 from new sources outside the region and $412,132 in support from local government and donors.
Aging Together mobilizes the efforts to create and enhance supports for older persons. Our small staff of two are able to do the behind the scenes work that service organizations may not be able to do given their intense workloads. These programs are then delivered by our partner organizations, assuring their sustainability in the community.
Through these partnerships, and with a focus on action and results, Aging Together is able to support the five counties of our region.
Aging Together Builds Community
Often you don't see the work Aging Together is doing because it supports the work of other service organizations, local government, the faith community or even area businesses. Here is a sampling of what we've been up to lately.
If you have a chronic illness or care for someone with a chronic illness Aging Together got a grant for RRCS to provide free workshops on living well with chronic illness. Aging Together administers this program for RRCS.
If you are a caregiver for an older adult or someone with a disability Aging Together got funding for Connections, an in-home support program for caregiving families of people with Alzheimer's or dementia provided by RRCS and the Alzheimer's Association.
Aging Together has helped the Alzheimer's Association expand support groups for family caregivers across all five counties of the region.
Aging Together has sponsored free training for family caregivers with presenters including local attorneys, RRCS, Departments of Social Services, and other community service providers.
If you or someone you care about has limited access to transportation Aging Together provided the seed money for the Regional Commission to create the Foothills Area Mobility System (FAMS) which has brought the Foothills Express, Mobility Management, and the One-Call Transportation System to the region.
Aging Together has gotten funding over multiple years for operating costs for RRCS's RSVP Volunteer Transportation program, Care-A-Van volunteer transportation vehicles, and VolTran in Fauquier County.
If you or someone you care about has not had money for necessary prescription medications Aging Together helped to bring funds for the RRCS Prescription Assistance program to the area, including a full time staff person to administer it. This program is now part of the Orange Free Clinic.
If you or someone you care about has worried about the transition from hospital to home care Aging Together is working with Culpeper Regional Hospital and Fauquier Health System to build better communication between hospital and community services and to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions.
If you or someone you care about is thinking about how to plan now to make sure you have good quality care, comfort, and dignity at the end of your life Aging Together received a grant from the Virginia General Assembly and the VCU Center for Aging to teach healthcare providers how to Start the Conversation on end of life planning.
Aging Together brought training in a new advance planning tool to this area for staff of Culpeper Regional Hospital, Fauquier Health System, Culpeper Health and Rehab Center, and Hospice of the Rapidan
And don't forget the Senior Senior Prom held each April and the Art of Aging Together Expo held the first Saturday in November. You can find pictures of these events on the photo gallery page of our website - http://www.agingtogether.org/photo-gallery.html.