Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG)
- About AAAG
- Meeting Schedule
- Strategic Plan
- Regional AAAGs
- Contact Information
- Web-Based Training
- Related Links
- Resource List
- The Best Is Yet to Come - Public Service Announcement
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.
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
- January 29
- March 26
- May 28
- July 23
- September 24
- November 19
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.
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.
Northern Virginia AAAG, Chair Kathy Cameron
Southwest Virginia AAAG, Chair Dr. Nancy Brossoie
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.
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)
- At-Risk Alcohol Use in Older Adults: Background on Problem, Screening, Brief Interventions, Brief Treatments and Mental Health Comorbities
- The Use of Brief Interventions for At-Risk Drinking in Older Adults
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://vacsb.elearning.networkofcare.org, 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.
To view excerpts from two of the sessions, visit:
- Successful Aging with Dr. Paul F. Aravich, Eastern Virginia Medical School.
- Drinking Limits and What Constitutes a Standard Drink with Dr. Frederic C. Blow, University of Michigan.
- The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication and the Older Adult with Debra Jay, keynote speaker at the 2008 conference.
Resource list of DVDs, books, consumer literature, and Web sites. More >>
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
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