Dementia Grants Awarded
November 20, 2017
Grants awarded to focus on awareness, support for people with
Alzheimer’s and other dementia, caregivers 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.