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Dementia Resources Available through Minnesota Historical Society

On July 2, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Historical Society has developed several offerings for adults with dementia and their caregivers. Resources, tools and community engagement opportunities for residents and clients of care centers, assisted living, and Adult Day Service include:  

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference Announced

On April 10, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

A free conference on caring for a person with memory loss will be held on June 1 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. The conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. 

Nursing Homes Make Continued Progress Against Anti-Psychotics Misuse

On January 15, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications among nursing home residents has continued to decline, according to the latest report by the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  

Katelyn Reichow, Friendship Village CNA, Receives Coveted National Dementia Award

On December 12, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Katelyn Reichow, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Friendship Village in Bloomington was named the 2018 CNA of the Year by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).  

MDH Adds Alzheimer’s Disease as Eligible Condition for Medical Cannabis

On December 5, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that Alzheimer’s disease will become eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota next year, making it the 14th health condition approved since the state’s cannabis program began in 2015. 

Training and Other Regulatory Resources Available for Care Centers

On September 18, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop another series of provider-surveyor joint training sessions for care centers. Specific locations are still being finalized, but the dates are confirmed: Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. There will be two metro sessions, and one each in northern, central and southern Minnesota. 

DHS Awards Grants to Support People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers

On September 4, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Elder Circle in Grand Rapids and Volunteers of America recently received grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to support people with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. 

694 Ways to Improve Services and Supports for People with Dementia

On June 4, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

A new report from the National Research Summit offers 694 recommendations that can guide providers of aging services as they design and implement programs for people living with dementia and their families. 

Board on Aging Announces RFP for Dementia Grants

On April 10, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Board on Aging has released its competitive dementia grants request for proposal (RFP) seeking qualified grantees to provide services, education, and/or resources for persons with dementia and their caregivers. The deadline is May 11. 

Deadline for Care Center Music and Memory Grants Draws Nearer

On March 22, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The deadline for care centers to submit proposals for grants relating to music and memory is April 14. 

Care Centers May Apply for Music & Memory Grants

On March 1, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced a small grant program to provide up to $2,500 for the implementation of music and memory programming intended to enhance the quality of life and/or quality of care for nursing home residents with dementia or other memory impairment.  

Diversity Scholarships Available for Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference

On December 21, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

The Alzheimer’s Association - Minnesota and North Dakota Chapter announced a limited number of diversity scholarships are available for the Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference in March.

Final Installment of Dementia Care Certificate Program is Sept. 28 Webinar

On August 31, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

Register to participate in the final webinar of the Dementia Care Certificate Program. Organizational Philosophy and Putting Everything Together: Telling Our Story, which takes place on Sept. 28, is available to all regardless of previous participation.

Funding Application for Dementia Friendly Communities Due Sept. 1

On August 24, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

The application deadline for funding to help create informed, safe and respectful communities that foster quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families is Sept. 1.

Exit Doors Must Not Be Altered in Appearance

On June 22, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

For safety of “exit seeking” clients, providers of dementia care settings may consider altering the appearance of exit doors. However, fire safety issues are a higher level of concern and prohibit the alteration of the appearance of doors as stated in the State Fire Code:

Augustana Care receives Eureka! Innovation Award

On May 24, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

Augustana Care was recently honored with a Eureka! Innovation Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The awards recognize game-changing companies that are launching new product and services that ultimately influence how people do business.

Bulletins Issued Regarding “New” Housing with Services Requirements

On May 24, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued instructional bulletins on the four additions to Chapter 144D - Housing with Services (HWS) Establishments that passed in the 2015 legislative session and were to be implemented by January 2016. Home Care surveys and Housing with Services application and renewal processes will be amended to review for compliance with the requirements beginning January 2017.

ACT on Alzheimer’s Awards Grants to 10 Minnesota Communities

On April 27, 2016 by Jodi Boyne

Ten communities and their lead organizations have been awarded a grant from ACT on Alzheimer’s to closely consider how best to prepare their communities for the impacts of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to work toward community-wide support of people touched by the disease.

Now Available: New Dementia Training Video & Discussion Guide

On April 6, 2016 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge has just released a new film, Dining with Friends, to describe an innovative person-centered dining approach designed for people with Alzheimer’s.

Feedback Needed from Assisted Living Memory Care Providers for Best Practices Survey

On February 23, 2016 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Argentum, formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America, is requesting feedback from Assisted Living Memory Care providers on the types of training, programming and environmental approaches viewed as effective in the service of individuals experiencing dementia. The deadline is March 1.

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