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Community organizations will continue to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and help caregivers with 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.”
Grantees and their awards are:
- A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, Slayton, $91,733 to increase dementia awareness, do memory screenings and provide memory care consultant services with a focus on the Latino population.
- Age Well Arrowhead, Duluth, $49,999 for dementia awareness training for employers as well as support and services to people who provide care and trainings to help businesses become more friendly to people with dementia and the people who care for them.
- East Side Neighborhood Services, Minneapolis, $49,999 to increase dementia awareness, host a Memory Meet Up group and a gardening group for people with dementia and their care partners and to offer an early-stage dementia support group. A special focus will be on African American and Hispanic populations.
- Isanti County Public Health, $88,738 to increase dementia awareness through two health fairs, pilot electronic medical record tools with health care staff, expand Project Lifesaver and create an arts and activities library.
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, $83,350 to complete memory screenings for Somali and Russian-speaking older adults, provide dementia caregiver coaching, conduct Dementia Friends trainings and provide a Dementia Champion training for volunteers.
- Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls, $30,570 to increase awareness through educational outreach to the county, work on referrals with Essentia Clinic and continue a memory café for people with dementia and people who do caregiving.
- Northwoods Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program, Bemidji, $125,000 to increase dementia awareness, host LGBT elders, offer early identification education and provide caregiver consultation for groups, including American Indians.
- University of Minnesota, $78,674 to develop a billing/reimbursement toolkit for health centers serving primarily low-income, racially diverse and immigrant populations and to enhance provider dementia readiness and host community meetings to develop messaging concerning dementia.
- Volunteers of America-Minnesota and Wisconsin, based in Minneapolis, $121,996 to focus on public housing authority high-rises with culturally adapted education and exercise activities, offer memory screenings and initiate dementia trainings for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Volunteers of America and others
- Winona Friendship Center, Winona, $29,941 to create a voice chorus for people with dementia and those who provide care, increase dementia awareness through performances by the chorus, engage with people through dementia-friendly gardens and host weekly memory cafes for people with dementia and people who do caregiving.