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Dementia Services Coordinator

Devin Bowers is the Dementia Services Coordinator (DSC) for the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

Mrs. Bowers coordinates services across the Commonwealth provided to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, working in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission. Within DARS, Mrs. Bowers reviews existing programs and works with agencies to more effectively deliver services to Virginians with dementia, and identify gaps and reduce duplication in those services. Prior to assuming this position Mrs. Bowers worked with DARS coordinating Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Options Counseling, and contributed to the development of the report, Dementia Care Best Practices in the Commonwealth.

Mrs. Bowers is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at George Mason University, specializing in global and community health, and the Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Aging Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ellen Phipps Presenter

Ellen Phipps, CTRS, MSG, Gerontologist, is Co- Author of Connections: Engagement in Life for Persons with Dementia, A Complete Activities Guide; Vice President of Programs & Public Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter; and, adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ellen specializes in creative therapeutic design for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and has established intergenerational programs, and arts and music programming in a variety of settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Colorado, at Boulder, and, a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Ellen served as Director of Adult Day Centers both in Charlottesville, VA and Somerset, England providing creative and innovative approaches to care.