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