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Virginia Dementia State Plan 2024-2027 released on January 2, 2024 *NEW!*

The Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission has released the Virginia Dementia State Plan 2024-2027: Building a Dementia Capable Virginia. Reflecting new knowledge and understanding of brain health and the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, the Plan contains a new Goal 6: Brain Health and Dementia Risk Reduction. This is the first new goal since the Plan was created in 2011, and mirrors a similar change in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease https://aspe.hhs.gov/collaborations-committees-advisory-groups/napa/napa-documents/napa-national-plan. The other five goals address statewide coordination, data collection, workforce and caregiver training, care coordination and research. Each goal contains objectives and strategies that are new or updated to reflect new knowledge and previous accomplishments. The new Plan also fully incorporates the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthy Brain Initiative Roadmap https://www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain/roadmap.htm]and links the Roadmap activities directly to the objectives of Virginia's Plan. The Plan 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. If you are interested in helping move the Plan forward, please contact the Dementia Services Coordinator on dementia@dars.virginia.gov or (804) 662-9154.

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Boards, Councils, and Commissions - Background

The Aging Programs within the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has three advisory boards. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 2.2-2100, advisory boards provide advice and comment to an executive branch agency or office. An advisory board, commission or council serves as a formal liaison between the agency or office and the public to ensure that the agency or office understands public concerns and that the activities of the agency or office are communicated to the public. An advisory board, commission or council does not serve a regulatory or rule-making purpose. It may participate in the development of public policy by providing comment and advice.


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The advisory boards meet quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. View directions to DARS Office for Aging Services.

Upcoming Meetings can be found on the Commonwealth Calendar. You can search by date or by keyword.




Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission

Established pursuant to § 51.5-154 of the Code of Virginia, the ADRD Commission develops and oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth's Dementia State Plan. Among the Commission’s duties and activities are to:

  • Examine the needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, as well as the needs of their caregivers, and ways that state government can most effectively and efficiently assist in meeting those needs;
  • Develop and promote strategies to encourage brain health and reduce cognitive decline;
  • Advise the Governor and General Assembly on policy, funding, regulatory, and other issues related to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders;
  • Develop the Commonwealth's plan for meeting the needs of patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their caregivers, and advocate for such plan; and
  • Establish priorities for programs among state agencies related to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and criteria to evaluate these programs.

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Dementia State Plan    Previous Electronic Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024  
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024  
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2024  
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024  

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.

For Questions:
George Worthington
Dementia Services Coordinator
Phone: (804) 662-9154



Commonwealth Council on Aging

Established pursuant to §§ 51.5-127 and 51.5-128 of the Code of Virginia, the CCOA promotes an efficient, coordinated approach by state government to meeting the needs of older Virginians. The CCOA supports communities that are accessible, livable, age-friendly, and promote independence. Among its duties and activities, the CCOA:

  • Examines the needs of older Virginians and their caregivers and ways in which state government can most effectively and efficiently assist in meeting those needs;
  • Advises the Governor and General Assembly on aging issues and aging policy;
  • Advocates for and assists in developing the Commonwealth's planning for meeting the needs of the growing number of older Virginians and their caregivers; and
  • Assists and advises the Department regarding strategies to improve nutritional health, alleviate hunger, and prevent malnutrition among older adults.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2024 – Best Practices Awards Committee
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2024

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.


For Questions:
Charlotte Arbogast
Policy Analyst
Phone: (804) 662-7093



Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board

Established pursuant to § 51.5-149.1 of the Code of Virginia, the VPGCAB reports to and advises the Commissioner of DARS on the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Program (VPGCP). The VPGCAB: Assists in the coordination and management of the local and regional programs appointed to act as public guardians and conservators:

  • Provides advice and counsel on the provision of high-quality guardianship service and avoidance of conflicts of interest;
  • Promotes the mobilization of activities and resources of public and private sector entities to effectuate the purposes of this [Code of Virginia] article; and
  • Makes recommendations regarding appropriate legislative and executive actions.

More Information:

Powers, Duties & Bylaws    Reports    Previous Electronic Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2024

You can find agendas and minutes from past meetings on our SharePoint site. You can also select a committee below to see just that committee's documents.


For Questions:
Laura Koch
Director, Public Guardian & Conservator Program
Phone: (804) 588-3989


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