Community Partners

Community Engagement is a core component of the VCU Department of Gerontology's mission of "Supporting Optimal Aging for Individuals and Communities." These innovative, collaborative partnerships support the development of evidence-based scholarship and research as well as creating new opportunities for the professional identity development of our students.




Greater Richmond Age Wave Readiness Plan

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging have received a two-year grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to coordinate the Age Wave Initiative and implement the Age Wave Readiness Plan.  As the management and staffing organization, the VCU Department of Gerontology will ensure a measurable impact on health and healthcare issues confronting Virginians and the development of an Age Wave Readiness Toolkit.   For more information on this collaboration, please see the press release.  For more information on the Age Wave Readiness Plan, please visit  

For more information on the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, please visit  



Promote workforce development through training in person-centered, ethical dementia care and 
to ensure the development of a broad range of well-integrated programs, services and research 
designed to reduce the burden of the disease for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Geriatric Mental Health Partnership

The Geriatric Mental Health Partnership (GMHP) is an informal, voluntary group which focuses on geriatric mental/ behavioral health care in the Commonwealth. Participants of the GMHP include representatives from mental/ behavioral health, aging services, and long term care professionals representing the private, public and academic sectors.


Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

In conjunction with the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, the VCU Department of Gerontology collaborates on the creation of educational webinars that support community-identified mental health and aging needs.


A Grace Place Adult Care Center

Students, faculty and staff in the VCU Department of Gerontology have developed a telephone support program for caregivers as well as a two-part presentation on Best-Practices in person-centered care in an adult day setting.


Lift Caregiving

Lift Caregiving and the VCU School of Allied Health Professions' Department of Gerontology announce the The Caregiver Insight Study, a collaborative research effort centering on family caregivers. The study will focus on identifying the information that, when available and presented in a helpful and accessible manner, will statistically improve overall feelings of caregiver self-efficacy while also decreasing feelings of stress and burden.



Senior Navigator

Information and Access to Community Programs and Services for Virginia Seniors and Caregivers.



Faculty and staff in the VCU Department of Gerontology collaborated with the VCU ASPiRE undergraduate program to work with a the residents of a local housing community for older adults to conduct a needs assessment and wish-list for community improvements. The residents voted on their favorite project and students created the "Piazza Place" service project with a combination of innovation and


Virginia Department of Social Services

A partnership to provide continuing education for assisted living and adult day employees throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each year, over 1,200 healthcare professionals are trained on topics ranging from the Individualized Service Plan to Nutritional Needs and Medication Safety. Piedmont Geriatric Hospital has been a strategic partner in these trainings.


Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

A partnership to evaluate the Greenhouse Model of longterm care.