Team members from the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) attended and presented at the 2017 Virginia Governor's Conference on Aging in Roanoke May 2017, helping work through how Virginia can continue to take an active role in making the Commonwealth a better place to live for our aging population.
This year's program focused on how to engage community advocates from across the Commonwealth to make Virginia the most age-friendly state in the Union.
Christine Jensen, PhD, CEALH's Director of Health Services Research, and Mary Martha Stewart, MA, Director of Culture Change with CEALH, presented innovations in dementia care and training.
Virginia’s population is becoming older and more diverse. Today, there are nearly 1.5 million adults in the Commonwealth over age 60, and this population will expand to more than two million by 2030 when the entire baby-boom generation will be between 66 and 84 years old, according to conference organizers. Virginia’s aging population will live longer due to advances in healthcare, and older Virginians with chronic conditions may need more assistance for longer periods of time.
More than one million family caregivers across Virginia care for a relative 50 or older and CEALH has expertise in addressing their needs through a variety of programs available in the region.