Department of Family Services – Older Adults

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Division Director

May is Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month, Communities of Strength, graphic of diverse group of people

Older Americans Month 2021 Proclamation

Whereas, May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is Communities of Strength; and

Whereas, May is also Adult Abuse Prevention Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

Whereas, in Fairfax County, while recognizing the vitality of the county’s older adults, we also recognize that vulnerable older adults need protection from physical, mental, and financial abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Whereas, during fiscal year 2020, Fairfax County APS received 3,094 reports of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation, a nearly 15 percent increase from the previous year; and

Whereas, older adults have also been the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, which led to significant increases in social isolation and loneliness for older adults, which we are working to reduce with initiatives in the Older Adults COVID-19 Response Plan; and

Whereas, we can protect the safety of older adults through the Adult Protective Services hotline, the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Silver Shield and more; NOW, THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim

May 2021 as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County

and urges all residents to recognize older adults and the people who support them as essential contributors to the strength of our community.

Check out the proclamation video of Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity proclaiming May 2021 Older Americans Month and, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Adult Abuse Prevention Month and Michael Perel, Vice Chair, Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, received the proclamation.

video screenshot of Pat Herrity handing proclamation plaque to Michael Perel

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