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Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence and employment
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.
DARS was created in 2012 by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging. In 2013, the adult services unit from Virginia's Department of Social Services joined DARS as its Adult Protective Services Division.
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A nearly $1 million federal grant to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services will launch a pilot project to establish a coordinated care system for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Read more about the project to develop a statewide model for dementia treatment from diagnosis through follow-on care.
In recognizing Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, Gov. McAuliffe calls attention to the prediction that cases of Alzheimer’s disease in Virginia are expected to jump 46 percent by 2025. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission’s recently released Virginia Dementia Plan 2015-2019 and its recommendations for the coordinated care for individuals with dementia.
On July 1, the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center became the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, in keeping with its mission of helping individuals with disabilities go to work while preserving a legacy of comprehensive vocational and medical services. WWRC remains dedicated to helping Virginians with disabilities obtain the transformational services necessary for independence and employment. Visit www.wwrc.virginia.gov to learn more about its services.