Virginia's ALZHEIMER'S COMMISSION ALZPOSSIBLE INITIATIVE 

VIRGINIA FAMILY CAREGIVER FORUM

EDITED BY VACAPI's Education Core

Chaired by Ayn Welleford, PhD, Marilyn Pace Maxwell and Cathy Saunders

A NEW PLATFORM FOR VIRGINIA FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Introduction and Invitation

by Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, Co-Chair, Education Core, VACAPI

With family caregiving accounting for 80% of all long-term care and over 740,402 caregivers in Virginia providing 793 billion hours of care, we are facing a major challenge that will only expand with the projected growth of the aging population.  Virginia Department for the Aging's Commissioner, Julie Christopher, indicated during a meeting of December 2006, that one of the most important issues in resolving this challenge is to bring together every organization that has an interest in the issue and work together, as a united front.

With this as a preamble, we implement Commissioner Julie Christopher's direction by initiating a new dynamic community for Virginia caregivers, dedicated to learning, sharing and formulating concrete solutions to the wide scale of problems relating to caregiving.  Developed as a set of topic-driven forums and anchored in monthly newsletters and live discussions, this new platform will serve to report on the latest scientific findings, to promote learning and debate, to speed the dissemination of new ideas and create an effective dialogue across disciplines, industries, organizations and geographic areas.

One of the distinctive features of this free-for-all community would be its approach to discussing specific topics, which, effectively, would parallel the caregiver's perspective with the one of the health professional, support service professional, etc., as well as your very own.  By complementing these angles on the same topic with live discussions led by top researchers and clinicians in the field, we realize a multi-dimensional library of interrelated debates, solutions and perspectives. 

The Education Core of VACAPI - in charge with editing this virtual community - is comprised of academic experts, professionals in the field of support services as well as caregivers who work together to ensure a high-quality of information and services.  Should you wish to become involved with this group, we want to hear from you!  Just drop us a quick line at virtualcenter@alzpossible.org.  

We invite all of you out there to join our forums, subscribe to our monthly newsletter and learn with us about care strategies, community resources, family issues as well as local and regional resources. 

This online community does not endorse any specific product or scientific approach.

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