Dementia Capable Virginia

dementia capable logoAn initiative of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission
and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Resources for Individuals and Families

Resources that can help if you are experiencing cognitive changes, or when you are providing care and support for a friend or family member

Dementia Road Map: A Guide for People Impacted by Dementia

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This publication is a stage-by-stage guide to cognitive changes to help guide your journey:

  • Information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • What you should expect at each stage
  • What you can do at each stage
  • Recommended Action Steps
  • Communication tips
  • Resources to support you and your loved one

You can download the Road Map here.

Safety Concerns for People with Dementia

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This publication contains information and resources to help you keep your loved one safe:

  • Home Safety
  • Falls Prevention
  • Driving
  • Wandering
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

You can download the Safety Concerns Toolkit here.

Dementia Fact Sheets

These Fact Sheets can help you address specific challenges that you may encounter with your loved one with dementia.

Estes Fact Sheets pueden ayudarlo a abordar los desafíos específicos que puede encontrar con su ser querido con demencia.

IDEA! Strategy / Estrategía ¡IDEA!

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Anger, Frustration & Fighting /
Enojo, Desesperación y Peleas

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Anxiety / Ansiedad

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Bathing / Bañarse

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Communication / Comunicación

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Depression & Sadness / Depresión y Tristeza

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Driving / Manejando

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Eating & Drinking / Comer y Beber

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Getting Lost / Perderse

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Hallucinations / Alucinaciones

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Keeping Home Safe /
Seguridad en el Hogar

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Mantener la seguridad en el hogar imageSpanish

Medications / Medicamentos

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Paranoia / Paranoia

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Repeating / Repitiendo

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Resistance / Resistencia

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Sleeping / Dormir

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Sundowning / Cambios al Atardecer

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Toileting / Uso del baño

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Resources for Health Care Professionals and Community Services Providers

Dementia Capable Virginia has sourced tools to help with screening, diagnosis, care coordination and care management in community settings


Early detection and diagnosis allows:

  • time for patients to plan for their own future
  • access to available treatments
  • reduced anxiety over symptoms
  • opportunity to participate in clinical trials

Dementia Screening and Diagnosis

Learn to Use Screening Tools

General Introduction

Introduction to Cognitive Screening and Administration (22 min) Communicating Cognitive Assessment Results (17 min) Delivering a Diagnosis (9 min)

Screening Tools


SLUMS (St Louis University Mental Status) Examination

Montreal Cognitive Assessment

AD8 Dementia Screening Interview

  1. Administration/
    demonstration (4 mins)
  2. Administration/
    demonstration (4 mins)
  3. How to use and score (15 min)
  1. Administration/
    demonstration (6 min)
  2. How to use and score (15 min)
  1. Administration/
    demonstration (14 min)
  2. How to use and score (10 min)
Informant interview, English and Spanish versions available

Microlearning Modules for Primary Care Providers

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is an innovative way of teaching and delivering content in small, very specific bursts. It allows the learner to consume training in 5-7 minutes and apply new knowledge and skills quickly. Given the demands on primary care providers it makes sense that microlearning is a good fit. For best results view one lesson a week. This approach, as opposed to binge watching, helps you to recall and apply.

Why dementia training?

A number of studies identified that there are real opportunities to improve the interface between patients with dementia, their care partners and their primary care providers. This training focuses on person-centered approaches to caring for patients and the content is from the perspectives of people living with dementia and their care partners.

Practice Protocols for Diagnosis, Follow-Up Care, and Appropriate Referrals

Clinical Provider imageClinical Provider Practice Tool

Walk through dementia screening, diagnostic work-up and management. Includes a discussion around disclosing a dementia diagnosis.

After a Diagnosis imageAfter a Diagnosis

Provide this resource to the patient and family. This will help them think about next steps and connect them with resources and supports available in the community.

care coordination imageCare Coordination Practice Tool

This tool can help your practice coordinate care for those diagnosed with dementia. This tool includes a care plan checklist and stage-by-stage description of dementia progression.

Community Organization imageCommunity Organization Practice Tool

This tool is aimed at organizations and agencies that provide services and supports in the community for people living with dementia, their families and care partners/caregivers.

Virginia No Wrong Door Cognitive Impairment imageVirginia No Wrong Door Cognitive Impairment Identification Tool

This tool will help your organization identify people with memory concerns during intake in order to provide them with appropriate referrals, services and supports.


Dementia Capable Training for Community Services and No Wrong Door Providers

Welcome to the dementia training designed to expand and standardize dementia knowledge within the No Wrong Door network, and for Community Services providers generally. These trainings utilize quality, publicly available modules. Please choose the role that most closely fits your needs: Information and Referral Specialist, Options Counselors or Care Transitions Coaches.  If you do not recognize these terms, but work regularly with families living with dementia, please select Options Counselors.

After you have reviewed the trainings, please answer the quiz questions. You have three attempts to get a passing score. Once you have passed the quiz, you will receive a Certificate of Training within 15 business days. The modules each take about 2.5-3 hours to finish. If your agency's entire staff complete the trainings, DARS will provide you with a Certificate of Training for your agency.  We encourage agencies to make this training part of staff onboarding to maintain dementia capability.

Any questions about this training initiative can be directed to the Dementia Services Coordinator: or 804-662-9154.

These trainings serve as a minimum standard for being dementia-capable. Please contact the Dementia Services Coordinator for help with any additional dementia training needs.

Thank you for your efforts to help make Virginia more dementia-capable! Please click on the links below to get started.

Resources for Researchers

Under development

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