Date: February 21, 2023
Topic: Engagement with Community Members and Providers
This session provides an update on the Healthy Brain Initiative efforts and will highlight Virginia Commonwealth University for the Virginia Memory Project. Dr. Annie Rhodes, Assistant Director-Richmond Brain Health Initiative, will speak about the Virginia Memory Project and engagement practices that promote equity and awareness.
Date: February 28, 2023
Topic: Success Stories and Collaboration
The Virginia Department of Health presents the most recent data and feedback from the partner survey on Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia. Insight Memory Care’s Melissa Long speaks about their success in outreach and collaborating with community members and providers.
Date: March 7, 2023
Topic: Implementing Strategies
This presentation emphasizes the significance of education and resources for providers and healthcare professionals. Denise Scruggs of the University of Lynchburg’s Beard Center on Aging and Joyce Nussbaum of the Valley Program for Aging Services speaks about how they are implementing education and trainings for community and provider members.
Mental Health in Minority Communities & Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
Every July, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed to raise awareness of the specific challenges that racial and ethnic minority communities experience when it comes to mental disease in the United States. Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being are all part of our mental health. It influences how we think, feel, and act, as well as how we handle stress, interact with others and make decisions.