Establishing a dementia registry could aid in directing brain health resources in Virginia
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Virginia on the Verge of Launching National Dementia Registry Project, Boosting Brain Health Efforts

Virginia is on track to establish a dementia registry project into state law, with the aim of improving brain health and fair distribution of resources. The Virginia Memory Project, a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Health, is awaiting Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) signature to become law. This initiative 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.

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. LeadingAge Virginia is in favor of this legislation as it will gather information about brain health, memory, and caregiving for all adults in Virginia, not limited to those in assisted living facilities.

The project has already identified over 700,000 cases of dementia in Virginia 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 establishment of this registry project is an important step towards improving brain health outcomes for individuals with cognitive impairment in Virginia.

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