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Riverside expands dementia program into region

The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health has expanded its F.A.M.I.L.I.E.S. program into the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

The program name is short for Family Access to Memory Impairment and Loss Information, Engagement and Support. It provides counseling and support for caregivers at no cost over several months. In some areas, telehealth opportunities are available, a release said.

Services are offered thanks to a federally funded grant, the release said. Riverside offers the program in partnership with the University of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

Participants receive six free counseling sessions and one follow-up, all with trained counselors, to help reduce stress and depression, increasing family support, enhancing knowledge for managing memory disorders, and providing assistance with finding local services and resources, the release said.

“The goal is to bring entire families together in big and...

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