Dementia Services provides assistance across the Commonwealth to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. The primary role of Dementia Services is to monitor the development and implementation of Virginia's Dementia State Plan by coordinating, facilitating, and supporting the activities of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission. Additional functions include:
- Disseminating information
- Coordinating services and activities
- Identifying interdisciplinary memory assessment centers
Dementia State Plan 2020-2024
The Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission has released the Dementia State Plan 2020-2024: Building a Dementia-Capable Virginia. The Dementia State Plan 2020-2024 serves as a blueprint for a dementia-capable Virginia that is ready to meet the challenge of the rising numbers of citizens of the Commonwealth living with dementia or caring for individuals living with dementia. The Commission updates the plan every four years. Previous editions of the plan are available below.
An estimated 150,000 Virginians are now living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, and this number is forecast to rise to 190,000 by 2025. It is essential both to plan now for the increased demand for supports and services, and to embrace a public health approach to dementia in order to mitigate its future impact. The five goals of the Dementia State Plan offer a comprehensive vision of a dementia-capable Virginia:
1. Coordinate quality dementia services to ensure dementia-capability
2. Use dementia-related data to improve public health outcomes
3. Increase awareness and create dementia-specific training
4. Provide access to quality coordinated care in the most integrated setting
5. Expand resources for translational research and evidence-based practices.
The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Commission co-sponsors a website that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth's commitment to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. This website contains information that can assist both family members and community service providers, including free educational webinars, links to resources, and data on dementia.
AlzPossible also hosts a current listing of identified interdisciplinary memory assessment centers in Virginia and surrounding states. Visit the website to find the nearest center to you, if seeking care for yourself, a client, patient, or loved one experiencing memory issues.