VCU-led dementia registry project becomes established in Virginia law

In the United States, about one in ten older adults are estimated to develop dementia in their lifetime, and this number is expected to increase significantly over the next few decades. At Virginia Commonwealth University, a team of researchers, clinicians, and social workers have made it their mission that no person with memory loss or their caregiver goes unaccounted for in Virginia.

Their initiative, known as the Virginia Memory Project, is a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to better understand the collective brain health of the state and support people directly or indirectly impacted by dementia. Through a web-based registry, the project catalogs cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the state. The registry also serves as a way to connect Virginians with resources related to memory loss, like screenings, community-based programs, and services for caregivers. 

Read more about how The Virginia Memory Project tracks dementia across the state to identify regions and communities most in need of support on VCU Health.

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