ACT on Alzheimer's

Students and Faculty Partnered with Regional and National Initiative to Meet Needs of Community and Family

Updated Information and Video from ACT on Alzheimers

Dementia Friendly Minnesota Video

The following information was provided by:
Emily Farah-Miller Program Developer/Executive Co-Lead ACT on Alzheimers

The Alzheimer's Association raised more than $189,000 (with money still coming in the door) at its recent Purple Gala to support the work of dementia friendly communities. Funds will be used to support the current 40+ communities with technical assistance from ACT on Alzheimer's and the Alzheimer's Association through resources, expertise and project assistance. The Alzheimer's Association was proud to share with gala attendees the incredible work of our current dementia friendly communities and we are grateful to the communities for letting us share their stories. Check out the video shown at the Alzheimer's Association Purple Gala highlighting this work: Dementia Friendly Minnesota - Alzheimer's Association Purple Gala 2016.

Dr. Kelly Krumwiede and Dr. Kristen Abbott-Anderson

ACT on AlzheimersMankato and North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's has been working to make the local community a dementia friendly community. These partners have used the statewide dementia friendly community toolkit to guide their assessment of the community and action plan. The Institute helped to form a partnership with this national-local initiative. Drs. Kelly Krumwiede and Kristen Abbott-Anderson actively engaged with the Region Nine ACT on Alzheimer's community group this year. Students in Dr. Abbott-Anderson's research course gained experience working with data collected in the North Mankato and Mankato communities and identified areas where education and support were needed to increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Community leaders participated in identifying key concerns about interaction with the health care community and advocating for persons with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Krumwiede's students in the community health course worked as teams to develop policy briefs that are currently under review by committee members. These policy briefs will be submitted to hospital and clinic administrators for review and consideration of policy development. This partnership engaged both students and faculty in real-world learning with an impact on families and the community.