West Virginia Cares

What is WV Cares?

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Our Mission

West Virginia CARES — Coordinated Action, Response, Education and Support — is the nation’s first statewide effort to help families living with dementia. The initiative’s aim is to help organizations and individuals in non-profit, law enforcement, faith, business and other communities learn about dementia so they can assist those with memory loss. This collaboration also will empower individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to engage independently and safely in their communities.

West Virginia University Health Sciences is leading the effort along with key partners throughout the state with support from the Claude W. Benedum Foundation.


Thank you to our partners:




Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia


Dementia Friendly America


West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services


West Virginia Health Care Association


West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association


West Virginia University Health Sciences


For information, contact Helen Matheny at hmatheny@hsc.wvu.edu.


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