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...

Tip Sheets for Alzheimer’s Caregivers Now Available as E-Books

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be a tough job with many demands and challenges. To help, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center offers more than 25 tip sheets—many now available for mobile devices in .epub and .mobi (Kindle) formats. The popular tip sheets offer brief, easy-to-understand information on a range of issues, from bathing and driving to disaster preparedness and personality changes. They can help caregivers of people at any stage of the disease—mild, moderate, or severe. Users of tablets, smartphones, and e-readers with an e-book app can now view and download select tip sheets for their mobile devices from the ADEAR website at www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/caregiving: Managing Personality and Behavior Changes (PDF, 977K) (E-pub, 180K) (Kindle, 166K) Bathing (PDF, 645K) (E-pub, 189K) (Kindle, 157K) Exercise and Physical Activity (PDF, 1.1M) (E-pub, 278K) (Kindle, 186K) Changes in Communication Skills (PDF, 902K) (E-pub, 206K) (Kindle, 192K) Holiday Hints (PDF, 485K) (E-pub, 180K) (Kindle, 167K) Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF, 555K) (E-pub, 243K) (Kindle, 157K) Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF, 790K) (E-pub, 185K) (Kindle, 169K) Disaster Preparedness (PDF, 617K) (E-pub, 227K) (Kindle, 144K) Driving Safety (PDF, 701K) (E-pub, 223K) (Kindle, 143K) Wandering (PDF, 840K) (E-pub, 200K) (Kindle, 187K) For more Alzheimer’s disease resources, visit www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers, or contact the ADEAR Center at 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) or adear@nia.nih.gov. The ADEAR Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of...

VCU’s Department of Gerontology Needs YOU! Your opinions are greatly needed!   Please take this opportunity to tell them about your opinions about working with older adults.  The questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete.  Please follow this link to the survey: https://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=NU4tds Feel free to pass along this survey link to people that currently, or have, worked with older...
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