Beach Mayor's Commission on Aging assists the mayor in planning actions and
programs to meet the needs and concerns of seniors in Virginia Beach.
The goals of the MCOA are:
Review the nature and priorities of needed
services necessary for seniors
- Work with other agencies, committees
and commissions throughout the region who address these same issues
- Provide public information, legislative
and education efforts for a greater understanding to the public
- Represent the Mayor's Office throughout
the community, as directed by the mayor assist in identifying and defining the
needs of seniors;
Members of the Mayor's
Commission on Aging for 2015:
Lankford, Vice Chair
Barbara Henley Virginia Beach City Council
Heather Gordon Dept. of Fire Office of Emergency
Christi Budy Emergency Medical Services
Wendy Swallow Virginia Beach Department of Human
Gary Zalas Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Kathie Stanley Virginia
Beach Health Department
Members must be Virginia Beach residents and are
appointed by the Mayor to serve for a three-year term without compensation. Membership application forms are available
through the Mayor's Office.
Meetings are open to the public and are held on the
last Wednesday of each month
except in December. Meetings are usually held in the City
Council Conference Room, second floor of Building #1, City Hall Building,
Virginia Beach Municipal Center, from 2 - 4 p.m. Confirm meeting dates by
The members of the Mayor's Commission on Aging work in committees as they explore
issues concerning seniors.
Health and Safety
Legal and Legislative
The Dr. Lanny Hampel Award
for Exemplary Service to Senior Citizens
Each year, the Commission presents awards for
exceptional accomplishments in service to senior citizens. Nominations may be
made for individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions
to promote change or provide new services for senior citizens of Virginia
Beach. Contributions must have been made within the past year and must benefit
a large segment of the senior community.
Nominations can be submitted electronically by choosing the
form located under "Related Forms" or available through the
Office of the Mayor. The awards are presented at our annual SeniorShowcase
in the fall.
Senior Housing Guide
This document is prepared annually by the Mayor's
Commission on Aging, and it includes a listing of Independent Living Facilities
(e.g., senior apartments), Assisted Living Facilities, Continuum of Care
Facilities, and Nursing Facilities. See "Related Documents".
A link to a PDF version is located to the right.
Department of Human Services
The City's Department of Human Services sponsors
two programs which can help families caring for older adults and adults with
dementia. The in-home Respite Care program provides in-home adult sitting
that allows the caregiver to take a break from their responsibilities without
having to leave the older adult or individual with dementia unsupervised.
This program also offers support groups for family caregivers and referrals to
other needed services. For further information, please contact Nancy Allan at 385-4135.
Southside Geropsychiatric Services can assist
families that are dealing with wandering and/or behaviors common with dementia
that make caregiving more challenging. Staff can do a free home
visit/consultation to assess the home situation and suggest services and
strategies that might help with safety and daily care needs. For further
information, please contact Wendy
Swallow at 385-4202.
Department of Public Health
Provides home visits to homebound elderly citizens
who are at-risk for being institutionalized.