2023 Shape of the Region Conference

Mar 23, 2023 7:30 AM


Aging in Northern Virginia

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | Hybrid Event

7:30 am: Breakfast & Registration (in-person)
8:30 am – 11:30 am: Conference Program (hybrid)

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION* - $75 (includes breakfast): Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION - $25: Zoom Webinar (Link to be shared upon registration)

Contrary to popular perception, only 6.5 percent of older Northern Virginians move in a given year and only 2.6 percent of them leave the state. An overwhelming majority, therefore, “age-in-place,” and they constitute an ever-growing percent of the local demographic. Who are they, what do they need, and how can we help?

Join us for our 6th annual Shape of the Region Conference.

Thank you to the following sponsors to date:

Venue Sponsor

Northern Virginia Community College

Community Sponsors

Bank of America
Dominion Energy
George Mason University

Engagement Sponsors

American Psychiatric Association Foundation
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Greenspring Senior Living
Deborah Tompkins Johnson - Author, Writer, Speaker
The Mather
McCandlish Lillard
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC
Southern Made Home Care LLC
Washington Gas

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Event Host:

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Drew Wilder

NBC4 Northern Virginia Reporter

Keynote Speakers:

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Melissa Andrews

President & CEO
LeadingAge Virginia

Rita B. Choula, MA

Director, Caregiving
AARP Public Policy Institute

Data Presentation:

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Elizabeth Hughes

Senior Director of Insight Region®
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Panel Moderator:

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Catherine Schott Murray, Moderator

Odin Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
Chair, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Board of Directors


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Delores Athey-Clearfield

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Continuum of Care, Capital City Nurses

Steve Gurney

Founder/Director, Positive Aging Community

Sarah Henry

Director, Prince William Area Agency on Aging

Helen King

Director, Arlington Area Agency on Aging

Heather Suri

Mid-Atlantic Chapter President, Aging Life Care Association

*The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s In-Person Events & COVID-19 Policy:

  • Upon review of both the CDC guidance on community levels of COVID-19 and its website listings showing our own Northern Virginia counties' positive case percentages, the Community Foundation has removed its proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
  • Additionally, the Community Foundation does not require masks be worn. You are welcomed to wear a mask if that makes you comfortable.
  • As always, if you are sick or feel you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home.
The Community Foundation will continue to follow COVID-19 guidance from local health departments and the CDC for in-person events.

Currently, the COVID-19 Community Level is at LOW in our region. The CDC recommends that those who are at high risk for severe illness talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions. LEARN MORE >

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  If you have not registered and would like to join in-person, there will be walk-up registrations available at the door.  Please park in Lot B, and arrive between 7:30 and 8:15.  The program will begin promptly at 8:30, and food is not allowe in the auditorium.

Online registration is closed for this event.

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