Education & Resources
Providing classes, seminars and Web-based education is yet another part of Inova's ongoing commitment to seniors and their families.
Health and wellness classes
Inova HealthSource offers a great variety of classes especially for seniors at locations throughout Northern Virginia. Topics include exercise, wellness, grandparenting, disease management and more. Check for classes
Joanne G. Crantz, MD, Geriatric Resource Center
Inova Fairfax Hospital officially opened the Joanne G. Crantz, MD, Geriatric Resource Center in December 2010. This innovative and interactive addition to the hospital's Health Sciences Library provides seniors and their caregivers access to valuable information to ease the process of making hard decisions and dealing with daily life.
The Geriatric Resource Center houses an extensive book collection, free pamphlets from national and local organizations, a specialized Internet portal, a low-vision adaptive computer station with a large print keyboard, and hands-on assistive technology devices, such as the Sight, Touch, Sound Program.
The center will also provide educational programs to the community and an annual literature and medicine book discussion about healthcare topics associated with geriatrics.
The Geriatric Resource Center was made possible by a generous gift to the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) in honor of Dr. Crantz.
Free Wednesday sessions on eldercare
On Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., a representative from ElderLink will be on site at the Geriatric Resource Center at the Inova Fairfax Health Sciences Library to provide geriatric resource information and answer questions about caring for older adults. This free service is open to the community, patients, families and staff.
ElderLink is a nonprofit organization created by a partnership of the Department of Family Services Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, Inova Health System and the Alzheimer's Association. Contact the library with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 703-776-3357. Or contact Susan Heisey, Director of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at email@example.com or at 703-664-6818.
Patients and their families, along with other members of the local community, are welcome to make use of the resources and services available from the Consumer Resource Library located within Inova Fairfax Hospital's Health Sciences Library. Learn more
Inova Health System is pleased to partner with organizations in the community such as Fairfax County and others to provide an even more well-rounded variety of services and programs for seniors.
InovaCares for Seniors™ PACE® Program
InovaCares for Seniors is a comprehensive, coordinated healthcare program and adult day health service provided within the welcoming environment of its community-based center in Fairfax, VA.
ElderLink coordinates and manages all aspects of an elderly patient's care, including medical, social, legal, and financial needs. ElderLink's services are especially helpful to families dealing with the maze of providers involved in complex care situations. Staff specialize in meeting the needs of individuals dealing with with dementia and other memory loss conditions. Learn more
Other care management services
Inova Health System has partnered with Fairfax County's Area Agency on Aging to provide sliding scale care management services through ElderLink. See above.
The Area Agency on Aging provides similar services, also at reduced fees. Call 703-324-7948 for more information.
Free care management services are provided by Catholic Charities. Call 703-751-2766 for more information.
Access to reliable and convenient transportation is critically important to seniors who no longer drive. There are a number of businesses that cater to the transportation needs of seniors. Learn more from the Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7948.
Check out these other helpful Web sites on aging and geriatrics: