Virginia Memory Project: A Stepping Stone towards Better Brain Health Care

Establishing a dementia registry could aid in directing brain health resources in Virginia

Virginia is on the brink of establishing a dementia registry project, with the Virginia Memory Project set to become state law. This initiative, a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Health, aims to document cases of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases in the state. The project is one of four dementia registries in the country supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

LeadingAge Virginia has expressed support for this legislation, which will gather information about brain health, memory, and caregiving for all adults in Virginia. The project has already identified over 700,000 cases of dementia in the state and is open for enrollment to anyone aged 18 and above through a confidential online survey. This data will help support the prioritization of resources for people with memory loss and caregivers across the state, benefiting all settings of care.

The registry tracks disease cases and the number of caregivers in Virginia, providing valuable data for policymakers and public health leaders to identify areas with high prevalence of dementia, allocate resources, and develop effective solutions for individuals with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Bills have been introduced in Congress to reauthorize the original act passed in 2018. This initiative is just one example of how federal funding can be used to improve healthcare outcomes for older adults in Virginia.

Leave a Reply