Alzheimer's Disease - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Links to Outside Resources


Minnesota Board on Aging  
The Minnesota Board on Aging is the state aging agency for Minnesota.  Their website provides a gateway to a variety of services and information for older adults in Minnesota and for their families and caregivers, including services related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. On this site you can find information about resources for caregivers, housing and services, insurance and financial information, prescription help, and other social services across the state.

Alzheimer’s Association – Minnesota- North Dakota Chapter
This is the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages and provides an entry to the information and services available including family and individual care consultation, support groups, education programs for consumers and professionals, referral to local community services and information about clinical trials.
Living with dementia Helpline number: 1 (800) 272-3900

ACT on Alzheimer’s
ACT on Alzheimer’s is a statewide collaboration of community members, health care providers, government officials, caregivers, people with Alzheimer’s, academics and businesses in Minnesota. Information is available on their website about the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and the tools and resources that have been developed by the collaborative effort. Their five shared goals are:

  • Identify and invest in promising approaches that reduce costs and improve care
  • Increase early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and improve on-going care and support
  • Sustain families by offering them information, resources and in-person support
  • Equip communities to be “dementia capable” to support residents who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma by engaging communities.

This website was created as part of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s as an information resource about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that includes links to information from a variety of public and private organizations.  The site includes information about Alzheimer’s disease, treatment options planning for Alzheimer’s-related care, resources for assistance and research currently underway.

National Institutes of Health -  Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
This is the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s disease site with information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including current research on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and prevention.  It also provides information about participating in clinical trials.

National Institutes of Health – Senior Health
This site provides health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.  A section on Alzheimer’s disease is included that provides information about the condition, current information about prevention, diagnosis and treatment and other research.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides broad information about Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions with links to other key federal agencies.  Also included is information about the CDC’s Health Brain Initiative that is focusing on understanding the factors important to maintaining cognitive health. 

Administration on Aging
The Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) supports states efforts to expand the availability of community-level supportive services for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Information about these programs in states, including Minnesota.

Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer Resource Room
Providing information for families, caregivers and professionals about the Alzheimer’s Demonstration Program and resources for support and assistance, particularly in providing services to caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association’s works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. In addition to their 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900, they provide extensive on-line resources.  Their local chapters provide services within each community.  Minnesota’s local chapter, the Minnesota-North Dakota chapter can be reached by calling the 24/7 Helpline or by visiting their web site.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The AFA is an organization of more than 1600 member organizations that serve the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, their caregivers and families. Their services include a toll-free hot line that provides information and counseling and links to other organizations that provide education for consumers and professionals.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers  
The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) at major research institutions across the U.S. Researchers at these sites are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for patients as well as working on new research studies. This site provides information about the specific centers, including the center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  It also provides information about opportunities to participate in clinical trials .

Updated Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:59PM