Caregiving listen session

The Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission will be holding five state listening sessions for their state plans and want to hear from people with dementia and family caregivers.

This listening sessions from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Mountain Empire Older Citizens’ Big Stone Gap offices.

 The Virginia Dementia State Plan outlines a strategic, coordinated approach to respond to dementia-related needs throughout the state, including goals, objectives and strategies the state can use to ensure the state is prepared to support individuals with dementia and their caregivers. The draft plan is available at

Other representatives will be present such as the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association

This is the only session that is in the closest for people within Southwest VA, the next closest session is in Roanoke.

The commission wants to hear  from caregivers about the plan and any issues or concerns about it.

 MEOC offers an array of caregiver services, including respite, transportation, support groups and adult day care. Caregivers also use the Emergency Fuel Fund during the winter months. For more information about MEOC caregiving services, call 276/523-4202 and speak with a case manager. Call 523-4202 or email Dillon at for more information about the April 8 listening session. Anyone who cannot attend the listening session but would like to submit comments on the draft state plan may email them to, call 804/662-9154, or mail them to Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, attn.: Charlotte Arbogast, 1610 Forest Ave. Suite 100, Henrico, Va. 23229.


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