The Mayor's Commission on Aging

​​​​​​14137 - 66.jpg​The Virginia 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 2016:
  • Carey Raleigh, Chair
  • Drew Lankford, Vice Chair
  • Pat Mahoney, Secretary 
  • Michael Aschkenas
  • Margie Barnes 
  • Shirley Baptiste-Zwahl
  • Lindy Casale-Rinaldi
  • Sharon Gares
  • Buck Heffernan 
  • Carol Heischober
  • Ilene Lipton 
  • Lisa O’Neill 
  • Susan Paddock
  • Allen Perry 
  • Cheryl Peters 
  • Alexia Pittman
  • City Liaisons 
  • Barbara Henley, Virginia Beach City Council
  • Heather Gordon, Office of Emergency Management
  • Christi Budy  Emergency Medical Services 
  • Wendy Swallow, Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
  • Gary Zalas, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office ​


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 calling 385-4581.


The members of the Mayor's Commission on Aging work in committees as they explore issues concerning seniors. Committees include:
  • Community Concerns
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health and Safety
  • Housing
  • Legal and Legislative
  • Public Relations
  • Transportation

2016 Award No​​minations 

Mayor Oberndorf and Dr Hampel.jpgEach 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 Senior Showcase in the fall.    

The Dr. Lanny Hampel Award for Exemplary Service to Senior Citizens 

To officially recognize individuals whose service to seniors has been exceptional. The service or initiative must have extended significantly beyond the requirements of employment duties and responsibilities.

Meyera E. Oberndorf Award for Exemplary Service to Senior Citizens

To officially recognize organizations, businesses, community groups or government entities whose service to seniors has been exceptional. The service or initiative must have extended significantly beyond the requirements of employment duties and responsibilities.

Senior Housing​ G​​​​uide 

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. 

Other Resources 

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 s​ituation 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.