Goodwin House Incorporated Joins Northern Virginia Aging Network in Promoting Senior-Friendly Legislation

October 5, 2017 – Alexandria, VA – GHI Joins Northern Virginia Aging Network in Promoting Senior-Friendly Legislation

As an active member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Virginia, Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) is proactive in supporting efforts to shape legislation that promotes compassionate care and innovative solutions for the aging population. GHI also participates in regional advocacy efforts through the Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN), including sponsorship of the NVAN 2017 Legislative Breakfast, held October 2, 2017 at the Fair Oaks Marriott in Fairfax, Virginia. NVAN is a consortium that provides a voice for the Commission on Aging and Agencies on Aging of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, as well as regional service and advocacy organizations.

“GHI applauds the efforts of our local, state and federal lawmakers to advance policies that help older adults thrive and live well,” said Lindsay Hutter, GHI Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer. “It is time for our country to reimagine aging and champion more intentionally the contributions that older adults make to our society.”

“We appreciate that the Commonwealth of Virginia has an enlightened view on aging and has chosen to embrace new models of senior care, such as Goodwin House at Home,” said Karen Skeens, executive director of Goodwin House at Home. “Modeled after the continuing care concept in retirement communities, Goodwin House at Home provides an array of services and supports to members wherever they call home. GHAH is the first such program in Northern Virginia.”

NVAN’s 2017 Legislative Breakfast launched the organization’s 2018 legislative priorities and efforts to engage NVAN members. Falling is clearly a serious danger to seniors and according to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or head injury. Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated for fall injuries.1 NVAN is raising public awareness of this significant community health issue by asking the General Assembly to support a resolution that designates the third full week of September each year as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week.” Public officials and health care professionals are encouraged to observe the week with appropriate activities and programs that highlight effective measures for preventing falls among Virginians.

GHI has collaborated with Marymount University to establish the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance. A goal of the Alliance is to expand falls prevention education and training available to senior adults, and in 2016 received an initial half-million dollar grant to introduce evidence-based fall prevention programs to Northern Virginia. Now in its second year, falls prevention education is made available to seniors in dozens of locations across Northern Virginia.

About Goodwin House Incorporated:
Celebrating 50 years of providing exceptional service to older adults, GHI is a nonprofit, mission-based Virginia corporation. Today, the strength of GHI begins with its clear statements of mission, vision and values, the stability and integrity of its boards and executive leadership, and its reputation as a trusted partner and innovator in reimagining aging.
The growing family of GHI senior living communities and services owned and operated across Northern Virginia includes: two senior Life Plan Communities – Goodwin House Alexandria in Alexandria’s West End and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church, Fairfax County, and conveniently near Arlington; an innovative living at home life care and services program – Goodwin House at Home; a growing Medicare-certified service – Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice; and the new Goodwin House Small House Living and Health Care Center with a progressive model of senior care. GHI also is the management agent for The Lewinsville Retirement Residences, Inc. serving McLean and Great Falls, Virginia. GHI advances its mission through a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation that assists current and future residents in need and funds programs dedicated to seniors’ well-being and vibrant living. Learn more at goodwinhouse.org

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