Training

Arts in Eldercare

Music & Movement for Elders with Dementia – a Tidewater Arts Outreach workshop
A workshop for artists and caregivers, presented by Tidewater Arts Outreach. This video was made possible, in part, by Geriatric Training and Education (GTE) funds appropriated by the General Assembly of Virginia and administered by the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional funding was provided by Thistle Foundation, The Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts. Facilitators are Sonya S. Barsness, Gerontologist, SBC Consulting and Michelle Martin Nielsen, PT. Filmed at Bay Lakes Retirement & Assisted Living, Virginia Beach, VA by Jpixx; video produced by Jpixx.

Singing for Elder Health & Wellness – a Tidewater Arts Outreach workshop
Presented by Tidewater Arts Outreach. This program was made possible, in part, by Geriatric Training and Education (GTE) funds appropriated by the General Assembly of Virginia and administered by the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional funding was provided by Thistle Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts. Facilitators are Sonya S. Barsness, Gerontologist, SBC Consulting and Dr. Linda Teasley, DMA, MT-BC. Filmed at Riverside PACE Program, Newport News, VA by Jpixx; video produced by Jpixx.

Dementia-Capability

As part of an ongoing Administration for Community Living (ACL) grant for the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP), the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is expanding and standardizing dementia knowledge within the No Wrong Door (NWD) network. Training has been developed and is available for Options Counselors (OC), Information and Referral Specialists (I&R), and Care Transitions Coaches. DARS invites local Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, and their NWD partners to complete the training in order to enhance Virginia’s Dementia-Capability. Each completer will be issued a certificate on Dementia-Capability and once an entire agency’s I&R, OC, or Care Transitions Coach staff complete the training, DARS will issue an agency-wide certificate.

Any questions on this initiative should be directed to Devin Bowers, Dementia Services Coordinator at DARS, (804) 662-9154 or devin.bowers@dars.virginia.gov

To access the training and learn more please click here and select Dementia Capable Training from the menu.