Minnesota’s Act on Alzheimer’s, launched in 2011, has emerged as a go-to model for helping people with dementia remain independent and in the community. Twenty-seven states across the nation have implemented similar efforts.
A just-published article in U.S. News and World Report puts a spotlight on this innovative work. “A Quest to Become Dementia-Friendly: Communities across an aging U.S. want to be more accessible for residents with dementia,” by Gaby Galvin, shares the experience of Marine on St. Croix residents, Kathy and Robert Armitage, with Act on Alzheimer’s.
Dawn Simonson, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging is quoted in the article: “People are passionate about this issue because they’ve lived it or have been close to it. It’s something that really unites people, and it unites people across the generations.”
Act on Alzheimer’s is a unique collaboration among health care institutions, local governments, community organizations and community members. According to Simonson, “Many sectors of our community, . . . came together in ways that we had never worked together before. . . . [Act on Alzheimer’s] brought a whole new working relationship with systems at the local level.”