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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.

 

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