Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grant Expands Dementia Care Outreach

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grant Expands Dementia Care Outreach

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Seven agencies across West Virginia plan to make their communities safer and more inclusive for those suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia by expanding services and outreach to sufferers, carers and citizens. The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services has received a three-year grant from the Administration on Aging and the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center that will allow agencies that receive the award to assess community needs and plan accordingly.

Recipients of the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program grant include Community Living Initiative Corporation in Morgantown; Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in Shepherdstown; Kanawha Valley Senior Services; Lewis County Senior Citizens Center; Coalfield Community Action Partnership in Mingo County; Raleigh County Commission on Aging and The Committee on Aging for Randolph County.

"For most families, the goal is for their loved ones to live at home for as long as possible and as independently as possible, and it's tough to do that when you hit barriers, said Nancy Cipoletti, director of Alzheimer's Programs for Senior Services. "It could be very complicated governmental agency issues, but it can also be things as simple as trying to go to the bank or the grocery story, so the more people in a community who understand this disease and how to communicate concerning it, the better things will be for those families.

Each agency has already developed ideas it hopes to implement, Cipoletti said, and each will get a chance to tweak their plans, in partnership with the state, after their community needs assessments are completed - likely within the next six months. Each community will get two $5,000 awards - a total of $10,000 over two years - and another group of at least eight agencies will receive the same grants next fall. …

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