Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s

Creating a Dementia Friendly Community

Ninety-two thousand Minnesotans are living with Alzheimer’s and another 251,000 people are caregivers. It is estimated that over 1,000 people in Mankato and North Mankato are living with Alzheimer’s. We want to create a community that is informed, safe, respectful and supports people living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias and those impacted by the disease.

Creating a dementia friendly community is an ongoing initiative that requires a strategy to include all sectors of a community including: health care, hospitals, residential settings, legal and financial, faith communities, local government, emergency services, transportation, and businesses.

Creating a dementia-friendly community involves:

  • Raising awareness about Alzheimer’s, transforming attitudes, and moving people to action
  • Supporting family and friend caregivers by providing accessible information, resources, and in-person support
  • Promoting meaningful participation in community life for everyone

About the Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team

Mankato and North Mankato are one of 48 ACT on Alzheimer’s dementia-friendly communities in Minnesota. As a statewide collaboration, ACT on Alzheimer’s fosters collective ownership and accountability in preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. No single organization owns, finances or controls the statewide initiative. Mankato and North Mankato became an ACT on Alzheimer’s community in 2014 and is led by a group of volunteers that make up the Action Team. The Action Team represents several sectors of the community: community members with a personal connection to the disease, MSU-M Aging Studies and School of Nursing programs, home and community based services providers, long-term care providers, a member of the clergy, aging services, businesses and government agencies.

Because all sectors are involved, becoming a dementia friendly community will include a series of initiatives over time. Currently the Mankato & North Mankato Action Team is focused on the following projects.

Mankato & North Mankato Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Guide

This brochure provides a comprehensive overview and contact information for local and statewide resources, such as transportation, support groups, meal services and long-term care service providers.

Download a PDF of the Mankato & North Mankato Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Guide.

To request printed copies, please fill out the contact form or email MNRAAA at kwolle@mnraaa.org.

Dementia Friendly Faith Communities

The ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team is supporting local faith communities with resources and education for leadership and members, the team can also provide information on how to start a support group that is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association and recommend books for a church library.

For details, check out the Faith Community flyer (PDF).

Complete the contact form to learn more or to schedule a training.

Dementia Friendly @ Work

The ACT on Alzheimer’s team is available to train businesses and organizations who work with the public on the ACT on Alzheimer’s Dementia Friendly @ Work course.

This free, one-hour course will equip staff to respond warmly and effectively when serving people living with dementia and their families. Afterward, each organization will be provided with a Dementia Friendly window cling and be able to promote its dementia friendly readiness.

Complete the contact form to learn more to to schedule a training.

See flyer (PDF) for details.

Singing Hills Chorus

Singing Hills Chorus

Singing Hills Chorus is an affiliate member of the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI). We are the first GVI chorus in outstate Minnesota! The chorus is especially created for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners.

We offer two 14-week sessions a year and perform a concert at the end of each session. To learn more and to register, visit Singing Hills Chorus. Volunteer opportunities are also available, see the website for more information.

Community Education

The ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team can facilitate three courses for small groups, adult forums, book studies, etc. Dementia Friends Minnesota and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Know the 10 Signs and The Basics: Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

Complete the contact form to learn more or to schedule a training.

Each class is approximately an hour in length. The team can also help coordinate bringing in other facilitators on topics such as communication and behavior, financial and legal matters after a diagnosis.

For more information on course descriptions or to arrange a class, complete the contact form.

Professional Education

The ACT on Alzheimer’s team can help coordinate professional education for a variety of groups, including nurses, social workers, first responders, human resources, financial services.

For more information on course descriptions, continuing education or to arrange a class, complete the contact form.

Partnership Highlight

Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing & the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society

Faculty Dr. Kelly Krumwiede and Dr. Kristen Abbott-Anderson joined the Action Team in 2015. This partnership engages both students and faculty in real-world learning with an impact on families and the community. They have engaged students and nurses by integrating Alzheimer’s and dementia education throughout the nursing program and by giving presentations about the initiative.

Help Support Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s

Support the local Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative and help make Mankato & North Mankato a dementia friendly community.

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc., a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, is the fiscal agent for Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s. Contributions made on behalf of Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s may be made payable to Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Singing Hills Chorus

Summer Sing-Along
Thursday, June 14, July 12, August 16
9:30-11:30 am

Location: School Sisters of Notre Dame
170 Good Counsel Drive
Mankato, MN

Join Singing Hills Chorus for a fun, casual morning. We will sing from 10-11 am and have social time with refreshments from 9:30-10 am and 11-11:30 am.

Singing Hills Chorus is an affiliate member of the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI). A GVI chorus is especially created for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or other related dementias, and their care partners. We are the first GVI chorus in outstate Minnesota!

Watch the original Giving Voice Chorus in a Twin Cities Public Television video

Want to get involved?

Interested parties are welcome to join the team at any time. The team has a monthly planning meeting and has several work groups who implement the various initiatives.

Sandi Lubrant, Team Lead
katoactonalz@yahoo.com

ACT on Alzheimer’s
www.actonalz.org

Learn more about ACT on Alzheimer’s

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