2024 is off to a great start thanks to all our new and renewed members! 

At our February meeting we heard from Jeff Sodoma, Esq. He shared a wealth of knowledge about Elder Law including these helpful resources for seniors, their families, and their caregivers:

Senior Virginians Handbook

Legal Help for Virginians


A huge heartfelt “Thank You!” to all of our members and community partners.  Your love and support for our organization and the population we serve, ensures we fulfill our mission to focus on quality of life for Seniors in our community.  Because of you, we have made a difference: 


If you're a CTFOA member and available to join us on October 25th, you're invited to dress up and hand out your treats with us from 2-3:30pm.  We'll have Tidewater Arts Outreach artist, Craig Wirth, singing some Halloween Tunes!!  It's going to be SUPER FUN, so we hope you join us!!


What an amazing day!!!  So proud of our CTFOA members helping to spread the love to Seniors in Chesapeake!!  Thank you to everyone who helped us collect essentials and deliver meals!


DONATE ITEMS for our ESSENTIALS DRIVE!  We reached out to MOW to find a way to make the most impact, reaching isolated Seniors in Chesapeake.  They've identified 49 MOW recipients that are high need, and do not have much support.  We are collecting donations of everyday essential items, that are oftentimes difficult to fit into a budget.  CTFOA has paper products covered, so we have a list of the most requested hygiene & personal care products requested.  Please sign up with what you will be donating, so we are sure to have everything covered.  If all items are filled, you are welcome to bring extras to our meeting on the 1st.

JOIN US at our September 1st CTFOA meeting at the Chesapeake Lifestyle Center, bring your donations, and if you have time, stay after the meeting to help us put together the bags of donations.  We'll be delivering them on September 15, along with the meals as part of the United Way Day of Caring. 

CTFOA Members can SIGN UP to be a Driver to deliver meals or to ride along with a partner, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.  We'll start with a breakfast and volunteer orientation at 9:30am at the Chesapeake Lifestyle Center.  We'll head out at 10:45am to deliver meals and essentials  then you'll end the AMAZING morning by dropping off your empty MOW bags back at the Lifestyle Center. Routes take 1-1.5 hours, so you should be done by 12-12:30pm. Please note these opportunities are limited and only open to our CTFOA members.


Summer Bash at The Commons July 19, 2023

THANK YOU to all who helped make our 2nd Annual SUMMER BASH at The Commons a HUGE success!!!  A special shoutout to our Community Service Committee for all their hard work and the LOVE they pour into it!  And we couldn't have done it without our AMAZING community partners...WaWa donated prizes, Tidewater Arts Outreach provided the beach-y fun entertainment, and the Chesapeake Kiwanis Club cooked up some yummy burgers, hotdogs, and all the fixins'!  We are beyond grateful for the valued relationships we have with our community partners. To see the Photos & Videos, click HERE


Once again, we want to thank each and every one of you who supported our CTFOA 2023 Stuffed Animal Drive.  Enjoy some photos to see the LOVE you spread: Google Photos

Update: Did you see we made the local news? Check out the clip here: City of Chesapeake youtube channel


Stuffed Animal Drive for Seniors

We are bursting at the seams excited to kick off our 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Drive for Seniors!  This year, we've made it super simple (and affordable!) for you to gift high quality, soft & cuddly bears to residents in Chesapeake Nursing Homes and Memory Cares.  

If you didn't participate last year...let us tell you...it was AMAZING to see the smiles on the faces of residents! It can get lonely and the teddy bears provided a wonderful sense of comfort & love. Let's beat last year's goal of 300 by sharing with your friends, family, and co-workers!  

Bears can be gifted via Venmo or Cash App, or pay in-person at our meeting on April 7th.  If you don't have either, and would like to pay via another method, call/text Julie Ulrich at 757-389-8864.

If you'd like to participate in delivery, or if you'd like your community to be considered to receive bears, please contact one of our Community Service Committee Co-Chairs, Morgan Aspinwall at: morgan@nextchapterva.com, or Lisa Johnson at: lisa@asilinsurance.com. 

The Chesapeake Task Force on Aging is Celebrating Older Americans Month by doing Good Deeds to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

CTFOA is celebrating Older Americans Month 
by doing Good Deeds to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

MAY 15-31  2021

- In the United States, over 6 million individuals are currently living with Alzheimer's and another 11 million individuals are providing unpaid care.

 - In Virginia alone, over 150,000 individuals are currently living with Alzheimer's disease and 349,000 individuals are caregivers.

- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

CTFOA is joining in the fight against ALZ!  

During our "The Longest Day" Fundraiser, not only are we raising money to fight Alzheimer’s, but we’re also spreading awareness of The Chesapeake Task Force on Aging and the older adult population we serve…
all while inspiring others to do good.

How Can You Help?  

1. Sign up to be a Good Deed Doer!  

What’s a good deed? It can be as simple as sending a card to a Senior in a nursing home, paying for a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line, you could mow the lawn of an elderly neighbor, or offer to help with a task around the house. It’s up to you!  Get a list of ideas to get your juices flowing.  

Sign up here to be a Good Deed Doer. Feel free to share this link with your friends and family...you don't have to be a CTFOA member to do some good deeds!

When we receive a donation, we'll go down our list of Good Deed Doers and notify you when you're up to do a good deed!

After you've done a good deed, tell us about it here. 

Don’t be shy!  Share your photos & videos of doing good deeds on social media and tag CTFOA. Get creative and keep paying it forward! For instance, post a video about the good deeds you did, donate $10 or more to our fundraiser for ALZ, then challenge your friends on Facebook to do some good deeds!

Social Media Hashtags

2. Donate to our ALZ fundraiser

Your generous donation made to help fight Alzheimer’s will “Pay it Forward with Good Deeds”!  For every $10 donation, our CTFOA members (or their friends & family) will do a good deed.  Donate here.

If you would like to receive The Longest Day 2021 T-Shirt in addition to sending a good deed, go to act.alz.org/goto/CTFOA and click "Join Our Team." When you make a $10+ donation during registration you will have a T-Shirt mailed to you within a few weeks. Please note, you must make your $10+ donation during registration in order to receive the T-Shirt. If you have any questions please contact Emily at emrosenberger@alz.org.

Fundraiser Goal

Our fundraiser goal is $1600...that means 160 Good Deeds will be done too!  CTFOA is kicking off the fundraiser with a $160 donation and our Board Members will do the good deeds.  

Join us in our fight against ALZ with Good Deeds!

Looking for some ideas for Good Deeds you can do?

After you've done a good deed, tell us about it here!


Easy Zoom instructions for upcoming TRIAD Senior Safety workshop.

Are you new to ZOOM?  

Many families and friends are staying connected, doctors are meeting with their patients, and meetings and seminars are taking place with ZOOM, a popular video chat program.  

It's like everything else with technology, there's a LOT to it, but you don't need to know it all in order to use it and enjoy it.  Below are instructions for the quickest and the easiest way to join the Chesapeake TRIAD's upcoming SAFETY AND SENIORS: 2020 EDITION workshop on Thursday, July 29th at 2pm.  The workshop is co-hosted by the Chesapeake Task Force on Aging and Chesapeake's 55+.  You must register for the event online, then you'll receive a confirmation email with link to the ZOOM workshop 24 hours prior to the event. 


1. Click on the ZOOM meeting link that was sent to your email.  It will look a little something like this: https://zoom.us/12121212  (this is not the link just an example)

2. When you click the link, a new window will appear saying that ZOOM is launching your meeting. You’re going to click “Join from your browser”  Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari seem to work best.

3. Type in your name and click “Join”

4. You’ll see a message saying your host will let you in soon.  Be patient and you will soon be let into the meeting.

5. Once you’re in the meeting, it will ask how you want to join audio.  Click to join with computer audio. Make sure your speakers are on and the volume up.

The above didn't work for you?

Alternative Directions: If for some reason the direct link from your email does not work for you following the directions above, go directly to zoom.us and click “Join a Meeting” at the top.  Enter in the MEETING ID that was in the email with the link and follow the instructions on your screen. 

Need more help?  Here is a link to ZOOM with video instructions.  Also Senior Planet has put together a great simple guide to using ZOOM

All Connected? 

Now here are some important controls at the bottom of your screen you need to know about...

1. Your microphone will be muted by default when you join, so you’ll see a red slash through it. It’s always best to stay muted during a presentation unless you are called upon to speak.  

2. When you see a red slash on Start Video that means your video is not showing. Click on it to Start Video (if you want to be seen on video). 

3. If you have a question, click “Chat” . You can type in your question there and hit enter.

4. Like what you’re hearing?  You can click here to “clap” or “thumbs up”!

5. If you must leave before the meeting is over, click “end”, or it may display, “leave”.



A month long celebration of Older Adults in our communities.

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month.

This year's theme is "Make Your Mark".

This theme was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

Visit the website for artwork, activity ideas, and other materials to help you observe Older Americans Month. CTFOA is working with the Chesapeake 55+ Steering Committee to put together a plan to spread awareness. Stay tuned for more info.

LET'S FLOOD SOCIAL MEDIA WITH #OAM2020 plans, stories, & events!

The Hampton Roads Coalition on Aging has created a Facebook Frame so we can all celebrate and show our support of Older Adults.  Search "Older Americans Month 2020"