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

Memory Assessment Centers Serving Virginians

There are several clinics that are either dedicated dementia and memory care clinics, or that include dementia and memory care services, that serve Virginians. Some of these may be located outside of the state.

Memory Assessment Center

Telephone/ Fax

University of North Carolina Memory Disorders Clinic
194 Finley Golf Course Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

919.966.4401 (tel)
984.974.2285 (fax)

Memory Disorders Clinic
University of Virginia Health System
1221 Lee St
Charlottesville, VA 22908

434.924.2706 (tel)
434.924.9068 (fax)

The Samuel & Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic
545 Cynwood Lane
Easton, MD 21601

410.820.5191 (tel)
410.820.4997 (fax)

Memory Health Clinic
Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
8 Medical Center Drive Morgantown, WV 26505

304.293.3962 (tel)
304.293.8724 (fax)

Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology Memory Consultation Clinic Eastern Virginia Medical School
825 Fairfax Ave, Suite 201
Norfolk, VA 23507

757.446.7040 (tel)
757.446.7049 (fax)

VCU Health System
1300 East Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23298

804.828.0281 (tel)
804.828.3983 (fax)

SALEM (for veterans)
Salem Veterans Administration – Memory Assessment Center
1970 Roanoke Blvd
Salem, VA 24153

540.982.2463 (tel)    Extension 2930
540.224.1976 (fax)

Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging
2001 Crystal Spring Rd, Suite 302
Roanoke, VA 24014

540.981.7653 (tel)
540.981.7469 (fax)

Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Neurocognitive Clinic
710 Obrecht Road
Sykesville, MD 21784

410.552.3211 (tel)

Kulynych Memory Assessment Clinic
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
1 Medical Center Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

336.713.8250 (tel)
(physicians referral line)

Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20057

202.444.8525 (tel)
877.245.1499 (fax)

George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Memory Clinic
22nd & I Sts NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20037

202.741.2870 (tel)

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
460 McLaws Circle, Suite 110
Williamsburg, VA 23185

757.220.4751 (tel)

757.220.4756 (fax)

Dementia Road Map: A Guide for People Impacted by Dementia

dementia road map

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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Estrategia imageSpanish

Anger, Frustration & Fighting /
Enojo, Desesperación y Peleas

Anger, Frustration and Fighting image English

Enojo, frustración y peleas imageSpanish

Anxiety / Ansiedad

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Ansiedad imageSpanish

Bathing / Bañarse

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Bañarse imageSpanish

Communication / Comunicación

Copmmunication imageEnglish

Comunicación imageSpanish

Depression & Sadness / Depresión y Tristeza

Depression imageEnglish

Depresión imageSpanish

Driving / Manejando

Driving imageEnglish

Conducir vehículos imageSpanish

Eating & Drinking / Comer y Beber

Eating and Drinking imageEnglish

Comer y Beber imageSpanish

Getting Lost / Perderse

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Pederse imageSpanish

Hallucinations / Alucinaciones

Hallucinations imageEnglish

Alucinaciones imageSpanish

Keeping Home Safe /
Seguridad en el Hogar

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Mantener la seguridad en el hogar imageSpanish

Medications / Medicamentos

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Medicamentos imageSpanish

Paranoia / Paranoia

Repeating imageEnglish

Repeticiones imageSpanish

Repeating / Repitiendo

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Repeticiones imageSpanish

Resistance / Resistencia

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Resistencia imageSpanish

Sleeping / Dormir

Repeating imageEnglish

Repeticiones imageSpanish

Sundowning / Cambios al Atardecer

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Cansancio al atardecer imageSpanish

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 - newly updated in 2022

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 5-10 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.

Primary Care Dementia Practice Toolkit


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The Primary Care Dementia Practice Toolkit includes screening tools, links to brief training materials, information on billing codes and memory assessment centers, protocols for follow-up care and care coordination, and provision of appropriate referrals. The Toolkit follows four steps to improved dementia care:

  • Cognitive Screening
  • Refer for Diagnosis
  • Follow-up Care Planning and
  • Referrals for Services and Supports

For further information or to provide feedback, please contact the Dementia Services Coordinator at or call 804-662-9154.

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 CoachesIf 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.


Research often cannot be done without the participation of members of the public who fit the relevant criteria. Dementia Capable Virginia supports participation in clinical trials as appropriate.

See why participation in dementia research is important:


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Outreach, Recruitment & Engagement Resources (ADORE)

Hosted by the NIA, this is a repository of resources to support the recruitment and retention of participants into clinical trials and studies on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) Toolkit—in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.  Toolkit includes easy-to-use, customizable materials that feature information on:

  • Why research is important to healthy aging
  • What volunteers need to know about research studies
  • How older adults can make a difference by participating
  • Easy steps to take

Below is some important information for people considering taking part in research:

  1. Participating in Alzheimer’s Research: For Yourself and Future Generations, a booklet from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, explores:
    • how to find Alzheimer’s and related studies that might be right for you
    • the benefits and potential risks to consider
    • what happens when you join a trial or study
    • how safety is protected
    • questions to ask
  2. Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
  3. National Institute on Aging: Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
  4. To find and sign up to participate in clinical trials, please visit:


The International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP) database lists research efforts supported by public and private organizations in the US and internationally.  All projects are categorized using the Common Alzheimer’s Disease Research Ontology or CADRO. Launched in 2010 as a joint collaboration between the National Institute on Aging (NIH) and the Alzheimer’s Association, IADRP enables users the ability to assess the portfolios of major organizations (currently 23) for areas of overlap as well as areas of opportunities in which to collaborate and coordinate in a collective effort to advance AD research. To access the IADRP, please visit:


Since 1982, Virginia’s General Assembly has been supporting dementia research in the Commonwealth through the Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund(ARDRAF) administered by the Virginia Center on Aging.  You can also access information about these studies through the IADRP. To do this, use the “Funding Organization Name” Search category in the Quick Search box and select “State of Virginia”.


Commonwealth Health Research Board

In 1997, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed an act establishing the Commonwealth Health Research Board [CHRB or Board] and Commonwealth Health Research Fund [CHRF] to provide financial support for human health research in the Commonwealth. The Boards’ primary responsibility is to make grants for human health research, especially for those efforts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for citizens of the Commonwealth.

Research efforts eligible for support by the Board include traditional medical and biomedical research relating to the causes and cures of diseases as well as research related to health services and the delivery of health care. Since its inception, the CHRB has made 215 grant awards totaling approximately $17.8 million in grant funding to institutions of higher education and other not-for-profit or nonprofit organizations that conduct health or health-related research in Virginia.

The authority to invest and manage the assets of the CHRF is delegated to the Virginia Retirement System. The value of the CHRF as of March 31, 2018 was $38.8 million. Grants can be made to state agencies and state-supported institutions of higher education in Virginia, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Virginia. The Board solicits proposals annually for research funding to being in July of each year. Currently, awards can be made for either one or two years with a maximum award of $100,000 per year. Awardees are required to provide 33% of the requested amount as matching funds.

Interested researchers are encouraged to look at the CHRB website ( for more detailed information regarding grant awards and the annual grant process.  Grant applicants are required to comply with the CHRB Grant Guidelines and the CHRB Policies and Procedures which govern the CHRB’s grant application, review, selection, award, reporting and other post-award requirements and procedures.  These documents are updated each year by July 1 and posted to the CHRB website.


Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (Virginia Catalyst)

The Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC) or “the catalyst” (created in 2013) is funded by the General Assembly and Virginia’s major universities. Grants of $200,000 to $800,000 are awarded “to accelerate translational research and commercialization of breakthrough technologies in the life sciences”.

More information can be found here.

Virginia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF)

The Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF) is intended to increase public understanding about how dementing illnesses affect individuals, families, caregivers, and society; support pilot projects from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines; foster the application of knowledge about Alzheimer’s and related diseases; investigate the impact of these conditions on the Commonwealth of Virginia; and determine appropriate public policy.

The Virginia Center on Aging (VCoA) has supervised solicitation of applications, awarding competitive grants since 1982. The sizes of the awards vary, but are limited to $45,000.

For more information, or to receive the annual call for proposals, contact Dr. Constance L. Coogle at (804) 828-1525 or e-mail at


Click below for abstracts and summaries of final reports for all projects awarded funds in that year.


Award Year Final Project Report Summaries
2021-2022 2021-2022
2020-2021 2020-2021
2019-2020 2019-2020
2018-2019 2018-2019
2017-2018 2017-2018
2016-2017 2016-2017
2015-2016 2015-2016
2014-2015 2014-2015
2013-2014 2013-2014
2012-2013 2012-2013
2011-2012 2011-2012

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