Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Information for Communities
The 2022-2023 Minnesota Healthy Brain Community Grant Program is funding four organizations to do the following community work:
- Educate communities about dementia risk reduction
- Understand the importance of early detection and diagnosis
- Provide support for people living with dementia and their caregivers
The Minnesota Healthy Brain Community Grantees for 2022-2023
Learn more below about the scope and work of each community grantee. Grantees are actively engaging their communities through community events and gatherings to talk about brain health and memory loss factors, signs and symptoms, and resources that are available to help caregivers and people living with dementia.
Centro Nazareno de Compasión Agape Inc.
Serves the Latino community through 26 churches in 14 counties across Minnesota. Centro has an Agape Seniors Project that provides older adults and community members with food and emotional support. As part of the Healthy Brain Community Grant, Centro will educate and connect families and churches to understand the signs of early detection, dementia risk factors, and provide emotional support for caregivers caring for older adults.
Provides caregiver consulting, caregiver support groups, community outreach, and evidence-based classes in northern Minnesota. Through partnerships with elders in the local American Indian and rural communities, Northwoods Caregivers plan to expand their evidence-based curriculum to be more culturally appropriate, particularly for American Indians. The Healthy Brain Community Grant funds will expand Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH), a culturally appropriate Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias (ADRD) risk reduction and caregiver wellbeing program at Northwoods Caregivers.
Restoration for All (REFA)
Works with African refugee and immigrants and plans to expand outreach and advocacy to increase early detection, and develop a communications campaign. REFA specializes in culturally relevant conversations and education materials about memory loss and dementia risk reduction, and connects caregivers to community resources.
The Remember Project
Is a program that produces and performs theatrical plays to encourage audience members to talk about memory loss and help people living with dementia process their stories. With the Healthy Brain Community Grant, the Remember Project plans to expand their work with Black, Indigenous and communities of color in the Twin Cities metro area. The Remember Project will host a virtual tour of “Mango Songs”, a theatrical video of an autobiographical play written and performed by a BIPOC artist that explores the intersections of identity, migration, memory and belonging. Handouts, materials and resources that focus on dementia risk reduction, caregiver wellbeing, and early diagnosis will be available at these dissemination events.
If you have questions about the Healthy Brain Community Grantees, please email us at Health.HealthyBrain@state.mn.us