A new report from the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission calls on the Commonwealth to improve coordination of state services to help serve the growing numbers of those with dementia in Virginia.
The Commission released the Dementia State Plan: Virginia's Response to the Needs of Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers on October 15, 2015.
The Commission worked diligently to develop this plan through collaboration with researchers and clinicians, and a statewide series of public hearings which provided valuable input from individuals with dementia and Virginia family caregivers.
Approximately one in eight older adults is affected with Alzheimer's disease, the fifth leading cause of death and the number affected is expected to triple by 2050. Planning is essential. The five goals of the plan provide a comprehensive vision to:
- Coordinate quality dementia services in the Commonwealth to ensure dementia capability;
- Use dementia related data to improve public health;
- Increase awareness and create dementia specific training;
- Provide access to quality coordinated care for individuals with dementia in the most integrated setting; and
- Expand resources for dementia specific translational research and evidence-based practices.
The Commission has developed associated recommendations and formed workgroups to facilitate realization of each goal. The Commission will evaluate and track progress on these recommendations and looks forward to reporting accomplishments in the future.
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