Establishing a dementia registry could improve allocation of brain health resources in Virginia

Virginia’s Memory Project on Brink of Becoming State Law: Collecting Data for Deeper Understanding of Dementia Prevalence and Resource Allocation

A dementia registry project in Virginia is on the brink of becoming state law. The Virginia Memory Project, a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Health, is focused on collecting data on dementia cases and other neurodegenerative diseases in the state to inform public policy.

HB 1455 is currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to establish the Virginia Memory Project in state law. This project is one of four statewide dementia registries in the country supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the CDC’s Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.

Recent bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to reauthorize the original 2018 act. The registry collects data on disease cases and caregivers in the state, with the goal of providing policymakers and public health leaders with information about the prevalence of dementia, resource allocation, and policy solutions for individuals living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.

LeadingAge Virginia has expressed support for this legislation, emphasizing that collecting data related to brain health, memory, and caregiving is crucial for all adult Virginians. Melissa Andrews, President and CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, stated that this information will help prioritize resources for individuals with memory loss and caregivers throughout the state, including those in various care settings beyond just assisted living facilities.

Currently, over 700,000 cases of dementia have been identified through this project across Virginia. Individuals aged 18 and older can participate by completing a confidential online survey to provide valuable data supporting well-being of individuals with cognitive impairments and their caregivers in Virginia.

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