Local communities continue to work towards becoming dementia-friendly
Community organizations will continue to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and help caregivers through grants from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
A total of $750,000 appropriated by the Legislature for fiscal year 2018 will be used for such services as memory screening, exercise activities, support to people who care for those with memory loss, and trainings to help businesses become more dementia-friendly.
“Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 91,000 Minnesotans over age 65 and the number is growing,” said Kari Benson, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging. “These funds support education and activities that respond to different cultural norms and values as well as both urban and rural populations.”
A.C.E. of SW Minnesota is one of the grantees, receiving $91,733 for dementia work to be performed in the seven southwest Minnesota counties that make up the organization.
A.C.E. coordinators in Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, and Rock counties have varying tasks they are performing, but the three main objectives of A.C.E.’s dementia grant work include: 1) Bringing awareness to the community about dementia, 2) Promoting early identification of memory loss and indicators of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, 3) Providing Caregivers (of persons with dementia) with resources and information to help themselves remain healthy which in turn allows them to continue to care for their loved one.
Next event, hosted by the Marshall Area Dementia Awareness Network:
Next event, hosted by the Redwood Area Dementia Awareness Network:
Next event, hosted by the Windom Area Dementia Awareness Network:
– none at this time –
For more information on the services and programs being offered by A.C.E. please contact the A.C.E. Coordinator in your county:
Cottonwood County A.C.E. Coordinator – Brenda Skrove (507)831-1803 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln County A.C.E. Coordinator – Rosanne Lasnetski (507)829-0780 email@example.com
Lyon County A.C.E. Coordinator – Rebekah Reynolds (507)532-1326 firstname.lastname@example.org
Murray County A.C.E. Coordinator – Joyce Wiekeraad (507)836-8705 email@example.com
Nobles County A.C.E. Coordinator – Joanne Bartosh (507)295-5262 firstname.lastname@example.org
Redwood County A.C.E. Coordinator – Ann LeBrun (507)627-1016 email@example.com
Rock County A.C.E. Coordinator – (507)283-5064 firstname.lastname@example.org
A.C.E. Executive Director – Michelle Baumhoefner (507)360-4205 email@example.com
ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant
Redwood Falls, now in the final phase of a community readiness process to create a dementia-friendly environment, has received a grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help implement priorities set by the community.
Redwood Falls is one of 34 action communities throughout the state working to prepare Minnesota for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 89,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and thousands more with other dementia’s. The disease also touches nearly 250,000 family members and friends who are caregivers.
Through a survey and assessment process, the community set several priorities. These are:
- Create a community resource brochure
- Offer information/education to local businesses
- Create and distribute a monthly e-mail newsletter
- Participate in a monthly local radio interview and write a monthly local newspaper article
- Provide in-person dementia training and ACT resources to health care providers.
- Hold a Fall Education Event – http://www.aceswmn.org/event/dementiacaregiver-education-event/
Watch for more details in the coming months.
More information is available at http://www.actonalz.org/redwood_falls