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 April 9, 2014  Posted by  Age-Friendly Communities, Health

ACT on Alzheimer'sTwelve new ACT on Alzheimer’s® action communities have been awarded grants of up to $8,000 to become dementia-friendly and succeed in creating a supportive environment for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Funded organizations represent communities from all Minnesota regions; ten are geographic in nature and two are communities of shared interest. The grants are funded by Blue Plus (an HMO affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota), the Medica Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Grants will be administered by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

Most of the grantees have existing work and activities associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and all will attain a practical understanding of the Dementia Capable Communities Toolkit and implementation process. The new grantees join the work of seven action teams across the state already working to make their communities dementia friendly. The work is unique to each community, but all activities foster support and quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. The new funded organizations and associated communities are:

  • Boulder Creek Assisted Living, Marshall
  • CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio), Latino community, St. Paul/West St. Paul
  • Ecumen Detroit Lakes, Detroit Lakes
  • Edina Resource Center/, Edina Community Education, Edina,
  • Gundersen Harmony Care Center, Harmony
  • Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls
  • Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates (LAMAA), Brainerd/Baxter
  • Lyngblomsten, Roseville
  • MN Council of Churches, MN Council of Churches
  • NE Neighborhoods Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, St. Paul Northeast Neighborhoods
  • Northwoods Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program, Bemidji
  • Three Links, Northfield

Look for profiles of the new action communities in future We ACT! e-newsletters and on the  website in weeks to come when they join other Minnesota communities ACTing on Alzheimer’s.

Interested communities will have another chance to apply for grant funding when the next request for applications is released on April 15. The due date is June 3; up to 10 grants will be awarded. To learn more, contact