Grants will support people with dementia, those who care for them
November 25, 2019
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect
a large and growing number of Minnesotans, but help is on the way for some of
the organizations that support them. Eleven organizations have received
$750,000 in grants to help meet the needs of both individuals with dementia and
those who care for them. The funds were appropriated by the Legislature and
awarded by the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Activities planned include memory screenings,
collaborations with health care providers to improve referrals and culturally
responsive trainings. Several organizations are offering Dementia Friends training, designed to change
the way community members think, act and talk about dementia.
The grants are being announced in conjunction
with National Family Caregivers Month in November. This year’s theme is “Be
Care Curious,” which empowers caregivers to ask questions and reminds them that
knowledge is power.
“These funds support not only people with
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia but their family and friends, who play
such a critical role in caregiving,” said Kari Benson, executive director of
the Minnesota Board on Aging. “Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 91,000
Minnesotans over age 65, a number that continues to grow, and more than 254,000
people who provide care informally.”
The grant recipients are:
- Lao Advanced Organization of
Minneapolis, $47,437 to produce videos and other materials to raise
awareness of dementia within the Lao community.
- Isanti County Community Health
Cambridge, $50,098 for awareness-raising community events and training for
health care providers and caregivers.
- VINE Faith in Action, Mankato, $76,270 for
cognitive training programs for people diagnosed with early stage dementia
and their caregivers.
- Korean Service Center, Minneapolis, $50,755 for
training of 20 home health aides to recognize Alzheimer’s and related
dementias and how to care effectively for patients with these disorders as
well as mild cognitive impairment.
- Northwoods Caregivers, Bemidji, $114,562 to engage a
nurse to focus on dementia clients with high medical needs and their
caregivers and to retain specialists to focus on outreach to LGBT and
diverse cultural communities, including three tribal nations.
- Granite Falls Living at Home
Block Nurse Program, $25,594 for memory screening, Dementia Friends
training and activities to strengthen collaboration among area medical
- A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, Slayton, $72,900 for Dementia
Friends training, virtual aging and dementia experience trainings and
dementia-specific educational plays.
- Volunteers of America, Minneapolis, $151,100 for
trainings on cultural differences as well as memory screenings and
- Family Means, St. Paul, $84,206 to broaden
a suite of memory loss services for people with dementia and their caregivers
and to foster a dementia friendly community.
- Barnesville Area Helpers, $26,504 to expand Dementia
Friends training to emergency response crews, students, clergy and
- Greater Northwestern Emergency
Medical Services, Bemidji,
$32,161 to join forces with West Central EMS to provide awareness training
on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to EMS providers in a 21-county