A.C.E. of SW Minnesota receives $93,000 grant to focus on support for Alzheimer’s awareness
The 2015 Legislature appropriated $1.5 million to the Minnesota Board on Aging to create a grant program that will raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, increase the rate of cognitive testing in the population at risk for dementia’s, promote the benefits of early diagnosis, and connect caregivers to education and resources.
A.C.E. of SW Minnesota applied for and was awarded funding through the new Minnesota Board on Aging Dementia & Caregiver grant program. “Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 89,000 Minnesotans over age 65 and the number is growing,” said Jean Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging. “These grants promote a more supportive environment for people with dementia, including resources for their caregivers.” The funding will help A.C.E. Coordinators raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and serve caregivers of people who have the diseases. A.C.E. Coordinators in Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Nobles, and Redwood counties all have varying tasks that they will perform through the grant, with overall objectives that include increasing community awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s, promoting early identification of dementia for those most at-risk, educating healthcare providers on the importance and need to increase cognitive testing for early diagnosis of dementia, and to increase caregiver self-identification and connect them with services, education, and resources which are critical to supporting their own well-being. This grant funding will run through June 30, 2017.
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 – Michele Steffl (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 – Karen Christensen (507)627-1016 email@example.com
Rock County A.C.E. Coordinator – Norma Brands (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