JABA Wins Third Place 2018 Best Practices Award from Commonwealth Council on Aging
The Dementia Care Coordination Program, a partnership between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, won the $2,000 third place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging, which called the program “a model for integrated and coordinated care for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.”
“Please join me in congratulating George Worthington and Samantha Fields, from JABA, along with the team at the UVA Memory Clinic in receiving the Best Practices Award from Virginia’s Commonwealth Council on Aging,” said JABA CEO Marta Keane. “ Their efforts to provide care coordination to dementia clients and caregivers, as they move through the process, has made a difference to so many.”
Each year, the council, which advises the Governor on issues affecting the 1.6 million Virginians age 60 and older, acknowledges organizations whose innovative programs can be replicated across the Commonwealth. Nominees are judged on seven criteria, including community impact potential for replication, innovation, outcomes and promotion of aging in the community.
“A major theme that emerges from this year’s awardees was the importance of family caregiver supports, respite and education that help older adults to age in place,” said Council Best Practices Committee Chair Dr. Richard Lindsay. “The number of family caregivers in Virginia is growing and we want to recognize these best practices that offer such critical help to the many families struggling with caregiving.”