Statewide Listening Sessions on the Dementia State Plan

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission is working diligently on the update to Virginia’s 2011 Dementia State Plan. The draft of the next version of the Dementia State Plan will be available for download on March 18, 2015. We look forward to hearing your comments and feedback through any of the public listening sessions or via e-mail, mail, telephone, or through submission on this website. Details on these opportunities are available below­. BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Older Citizens April 8, 2015 1501 Third Avenue East 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 For more information, contact: (276) 523-4202 or jtrivett@meoc.org ROANOKE – Virginia Western Community College April 15, 2015 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Whitman Theatre in the Business Science Center, 3094 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24015 For more information, contact: (800) 272-3900 or ephipps@alz.org VIRGINIA BEACH – The Memory Center April 22, 2015 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 1853 Old Donation Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 For more information, contact: Patricia Lacey at (757) 459-2405 FAIRFAX – Alzheimer’s Association May 19, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030 For more information, contact (703) 359-4440 RICHMOND – Alzheimer’s Association June 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 For more information, contact: (804) 967-2580   For any questions, please contact: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Attention: Charlotte Arbogast 1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100 Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 662-9154 dementia@dars.virginia.gov...

Approaching Advance Directives

This month we asked some of our Virginia colleagues for advice on advance directives. Below is what they said. We hope you find it helpful as you approach these often difficult but important conversations with your family and friends.   Charlotte Arbogast, MSG Dementia Services Coordinator Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Division for Aging If you have a question that you think our colleagues ought to answer, please submit it through the Contact Us section.   David Hominik, Legal Services Developer, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services   The National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) organization (http://www.nhdd.org) states that 90% of adults know about advance directives (ADs) but less than 30% have one. AD educational efforts must continue. But the focus must be to get individuals to act – to prepare the AD itself. To begin, view – alone, with a family member, or in a group setting — the brief NHDD video: It’s Time to Start the Conversation, available at NHDD’s and the Virginia State Bar’s (VSB’s) websites (http://www.vsb.org/site/public/healthcare-decisions-day). It addresses the need for ADs and the consequences of not having one. Virginia Advance Directives (VAD) website (http://www.virginiaadvancedirectives.org) contains another kick-start video. It stresses that ADs are a gift to yourself, assuring that your wishes are followed, and a gift to your loved ones, removing the difficult, uncertain decisions that you would leave to them without an AD. Next, express your AD wishes in concrete terms. VSB’s Advance Directive Tool Kit, at the VSB webpage, contains seven AD tools, covering topics from medical preferences to healthcare agent selection. The Tool Kit’s step-by-step process, when completed, provides...

Caregiver Survey

Caregivers, we invite you to join VCU Department of Gerontology’s research efforts by entering your thoughts/experiences as a caregiver at https://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=f2bhWkoUdA. Thank...

Dementia and Cognitive Impairment: Interagency Collaborative Data Collection Efforts

Since 2012, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has been working with staff from other Virginia Health and Human Resources (HHR) agencies to compile available data on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers. In July of 2013, DARS created a Dementia Services Coordinator to focus on the day-to-day implementation of Virginia’s Dementia State Plan, which, among other goals, emphasizes improved data collection and analysis. Working with a team of experts from state HHR agencies, the Virginia Center on Aging, the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission, and the Alzheimer’s Association, DARS identified data collection sources that may provide information about the prevalence of dementia and its service delivery impact on state agencies. The report below presents the final results of that data collection and analysis. DARS would like to thank all the state agencies, experts and advocates who contributed to the development of the report. Any questions about the report should be directed to Charlotte Arbogast with DARS at (804) 662-9154 or charlotte.arbogast@dars.virginia.gov. Click here to review more and download the report: Data Activities Summary_December 2...
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