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Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG)

AAAG Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group

About AAAG

AAAG History

In response to a Governor's initiative, in March 2007, VA ABC Education Section convened a meeting of key state stakeholders and other various agency heads who service the aging population of Virginia to establish what services were available concerning the older adult and alcohol education/prevention, identify gaps in these services, and establish points of collaboration. This group evolved into the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) with representation from 20 public and private organizations representing health, mental health, and senior advocacy.

AAAG Speakers' Bureau

The AAAG has speakers available for presentations to professional groups or community organizations on Aging and Alcohol, Alcohol and Prescription or Over-The-Counter medications, and the medical effects of Alcohol on the Older Adult.

Meeting Schedule

The AAAG meets on Wednesdays, every other month, from 3–5 p.m. at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS):
Virginia Division for the Aging
1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Henrico, VA 23229

AAAG 2014 Meeting Schedule
  • January 29
  • March 26
  • May 28
  • July 23
  • September 24
  • November 19

Strategic Plan

The AAAG strategic plan for fiscal years 2011–2012 establishes a renewed customer-focused mission and identifies the goals and strategies required to achieve its mission. Developed with key stakeholders during the spring of 2010, the plan highlights the group's high expectations, as well as reenergizes and builds upon the AAAG's accomplishments over the previous three years.

AAAG Strategic Plan (PDF file - Help with Downloads)


The AAAG, a national and award-winning initiative, has issued a "Call for Membership" to state agencies, service providers, community organizations and individuals interested in better serving the aging population on the subject of alcohol misuse. Please download the brochure below for more information and an AAAG membership application.

AAAG Membership Brochure (PDF file - Help with Downloads)

Regional AAAGs

Northern Virginia AAAG, Chair Kathy Cameron

Southwest Virginia AAAG, Chair Dr. Nancy Brossoie


2011 Conference

Older adult with doctor.The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication and the Older Adult, September 22, 2011, Fairfax, Virginia.

Nationally recognized keynote speaker Kristen Lawton Barry, Ph.D., University of Michigan, presented along with Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Constance Coogle, Ph.D., Virginia Center on Aging, and Regina Whitsett, formerly of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and past AAAG Chair. The conference focused on best practices for treating older adults with alcohol and medication misuse disorders. More than 200 professionals working with older adults as well as caregivers, family members and advocates attended the conference.

The conference was held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Accommodations were made available at the Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033, Phone: (800) 228-9290.

Conference Presentations

For convenience, power point presentations delivered at the Sept. 22, 2011 conference in Fairfax, Va. are available for download below:

Kristen L. Barry, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Keynote Speaker)

Patricia W. Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D., CGP, Virginia Commonwealth University (Afternoon session)

Constance Coogle, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, and Regina Whitsett, Virginia ABC and Chair, Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (Afternoon session)

Contact Information

For further information on AAAG membership, to schedule a speaker, or to register for an upcoming conference, please contact Jennifer Farinholt at (804) 213-4452 or

AAAG Launches Web-Based Training

The AAAG, in partnership with Virginia Association of Community Service Boards, is pleased to launch free online training courses for service providers that address alcohol, medications and aging.

To access the one-hour courses, go to, select Retail Catalog, and then Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group. (Please note: Internet Explorer 6 or higher must be used to access this Web site.) Users will then need to log in to obtain access to the courses that include pre/post tests, videos and power points, and certificates of completion.

For more information about the three highlighted sessions, including brief profiles of the speakers, view the AAAG Web-based training flyer. (PDF file - Help with Downloads)

To view excerpts from two of the sessions, visit:

(Help with Video Players)

Resource List

Resource list of DVDs, books, consumer literature, and Web sites.  More >>

Related Links

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Virginia Department for the Aging

Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services

Virginia Center on Aging

Virginia AARP

Children of Aging Parents

Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Virginia Association for Home Care and Hospice

Virginia Health Care Association

SeniorNavigator, Virginia's Resource for Health & Aging

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