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"


A list of available food resources in Chesapeake, VA.


  • Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502
  • 1 – 3:30 PM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID 


  • Oaklette United Methodist Church 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23325; 757.545.7434
  • 10 AM – NOON; must live in 23320/23324/23325/23464/23523; valid ID, 1x monthly access
  • Great Bridge Church of Christ 101 Hurdle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322; 757.204.1864
  • 10 – 11 AM; Offering curbside pickup to all, valid ID
  • Providence United Church of Christ  2200 Vicker Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23324; 757.545.8347       
  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID
  • House of Blessing Benevolence Ministry 525 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320; 757.547.9341
  • 5 – 7 PM; Chesapeake residents only, curbside distribution at trailer marked HOB (House of Blessing)


  • Solid Rock Worlwide Outreach Ministry 245 Indian Creek Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322; 757.421.2795    
  • 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM;  curbside pickup
  • Food Bank of SEVA Greenbrier YMCA    1033 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320     
  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID
  • Greenbrier Presbyterian Church 1100 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320; 757.547.8535
  • 10 AM – NOON; Chesapeake residents only, curbside distribution
  • Providence United Church of Christ  2200 Vicker Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23324; 757.545.8347       
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID


  • House of Blessing Benevolence Ministry 525 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320; 757.547.9341
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM; Chesapeake residents only, curbside distribution at trailer marked HOB (House of Blessing)
  • Solid Rock Worlwide Outreach Ministry 245 Indian Creek Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322;  757.421.2795         
  • 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM;  curbside pickup
  • Prince Of Peace Catholic Church 621 Cedar Road, Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA 23322; 757.410.7957
  • 9:30 AM – NOON; must live in 23320, 23321, 23322, 23323 or 23324, valid ID, proof of residency
  • Oak Grove United Methodist Church 472 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM; Chesapeake residents, curbside pickup


  • Great Bridge Baptist Church 640 Battlefield Blvd S, Chesapeake, VA 23322; 757.482.2111
  • 9:30 AM – NOON; curbside pickup at the playground entrance
  • Solid Rock Worlwide Outreach Ministry 245 Indian Creek Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322;  757.421.2795        
  • 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM;  curbside pickup
  • Greenbrier Presbyterian Church 1100 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320; 757.547.8535
  • 10 AM – NOON; Chesapeake residents only, curbside distribution
  • Providence United Church of Christ 2200 Vicker Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23324; 757.545.8347       
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID


  • Food Bank of SEVA Greenbrier YMCA    1033 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320     
  • 9 – 11 AM; Offering curbside pickup, valid ID


  • Faithway Baptist Church 2123 Smith Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23320; 757.420.1260
  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM; valid ID 

Compiled and Updated by Access Partnership 3/31/20


The Chesapeake Task Force on Aging has compiled a list of resources to help keep you informed of the COVID-19 situation in our area.

One of the most important things we can do during this unprecedented time is to stay informed by the agencies leading the fight against the virus.  The Chesapeake Task Force on Aging has compiled a list of resources to help keep you informed of the COVID-19 situation in our area.  If you are in need of assistance, contact us and we will help guide you to the help you need for you or your loved ones.


Get up-to-date information on the City of Chesapeake's response to the COVID-19 virus, including information and helpful links for local schools, libraries, and city services. 


For statewide resources and information

VA COVID-19 Hotline 
877-ASK-VDH3 or 877-275-8343

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There is a lot of information available on the internet.  It's always best to go straight to the source for information in regards to the virus spread and prevention.


The United Way has established a Coronavirus Recovery Response Hotline for those that are experiencing the effects of closures and missed work. (757) 858-7777


The Foodbank will distribute food at these YMCA locations Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Suffolk Family YMCA
2769 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434

James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA
300 Crescent Drive, Franklin, VA 23851

The Y on Granby
2901 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504

Greenbrier Family YMCA
1033 Greenbrier Pkwy., Chesapeake, VA 23320

Visit Partner Agency Directory to search for food resources by zip code. Please check websites and call ahead for updates about individual distributions.

Please continue to monitor their Facebook page @FoodbankSEVA and COVID-19 Response page for regular updates.


Hot and cold meals are delivered Monday-Friday.  Contact Megan at 757-312-6458 for more information.


The Senior Living Guide provides 10 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Residents Engaged and Happy While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Brought to you by SeniorLivingGuide.com

I shake my head when I see that we are using the words “community” “distance” and “social” in one sentence.

This is our new reality, at least for the time being, and it is important to keep seniors engaged and active. One of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we are doing our best to make sure that this crisis does not affect them emotionally as well.

We all know about FaceTime, Skype and other video visits with family, which are imperative. Maybe you are even doing visits through a glass window. Putting aside the family visits through electronics and glass windows, are you able to get creative with games, fun, laughter and interaction in the other times with so much on your plate?

Are you sharing the fun times and activities that you are having on your social media?

Social Media allows you to connect and share your most authentic community experience with your families and future residents.

We know that marketing right now is hard to do the traditional way. In this ever changing environment, we are forced to learn new ways to effectively engage with our audience.

These caregivers and family members are checking out your social media to see what you are doing now. If you are not sharing, are you shortchanging them?

Sharing on your Social media through images, video, and stories will not only connect your current residents’ family with their loved ones, but it will work to benefit your community in the future. Future residents will look at your social media and how you dealt with this pandemic and the activities that took place in your community as part of their decision.

Make it work for you in the future. Our future families will be asking us about how we handled this time.

Do not forget that while we are in very strange days, marketing your community does not stop. How you market just changes.

We have loved seeing all the different ideas from all over the country shared on Social Media, our Team at SeniorLivingGuide.com has a few ideas of our own that we will be sharing with you. We hope that these are great ideas to help get your creative juices flowing and help provide quality content for your social while making happy, healthy, smiling residents!

Ideas for happy, healthy, and smiling Residents and Staff!

1. Joke of the Day - When staff clock in, have a clipboard on the wall with Corny/Cheesy jokes – each member of the staff picks a joke a day and crosses it off the list and as they go through their day they share their corny joke of the day with everyone they meet. (check out https://www.quickfunnyjokes.com/cheesy.html)

2. Staff Dress Up Days – fun and whimsical for everyone (Residents can vote for their favorite Staff Member “Dress Up”)

3. Hat Day for Residents – everyone can decorate their hat/crown – a member of staff goes around and snaps pictures – if you have a closed channel on TV post the pictures here for everyone to enjoy – post to social media (Amazon – Crowns 40 for $15 or Gangsta hats 24 for $15)

4. Mustache Day – staff and/or residents wears a stick on mustache (amazon pkgs of 60 are 8.99) – take more pics and social media them. Print up a collage and share with residents.

5. Resident Newsletter - If you do not have a Resident Newsletter now is the time to start one. Let the residents share pictures, recipes, stories and other items of interest in a weekly 2-3 page newsletter.

6. Balloons – Anything you do with balloons is always fun until they pop. Plastic Fly Swatters from the Dollar Tree and some Balloons make a nice Mock Tennis game and you can maintain social distance – clear a spot in the dining room for a fun game or two. Do you have a helium tank? Do a four-five balloon bouquet and take to each resident’s room. Just having balloons make everyone happy.

7. Storyteller… Do you have residents that are great storytellers? Readers? Put them on the intercom let them read a little story, tell a little tale. Set up a sign in sheet for those that want to participate or they can tell a joke.

8. 6pm News Broadcast – Have residents put together the weather report for the next day, highlights of daily news inside the community and around the world. Could make it only good news “news” and put them on the intercom or closed circuit TV.

9. Mystery Pen Pals – Program Director takes the names of those that want to participate – assign each person a “Game Name” i.e.: Doris Johnson – Game Name is Winnie the Pooh. (use Disney names/star Trek/or old rockers like Elvis) Winnie the Pooh goes into the hat – each person picks a mystery name to write to. Therefore, Winnie the Pooh may pick Donald Duck out of the hat. They cannot share their real name. At the end of the week if you have a close-knit community they can try to guess who they were pen paling with or you can post a page with pictures and their mystery name and real name.

10. Outside Fly Time – When residents go outside to enjoy the sunshine have some balsa wood airplanes available – throwing them and retrieving them is great exercise and a lot of fun. (I love amazon - 36 Balsa-Wood Top Gun Glider Model Planes for $44 and you can spray with alcohol to sanitize)