CLASS Board 2020
Back Row: Scott Olson (Newtrax), Sarah Adams (Family Means), Lynn Amon (Lyngblomsten), Colleen Ketcham (Lundgren Realty Group), Cindy O'Donovan (Right 4 Your Business), Tara Jebens-Singh (White Bear Lake Area Schools), and John Slade (MICAH),
Front Row: Kathleen Tuckner (Community Member), Mary Mengel (White Bear Area Senior Program), and Jenifer Baker (Firstat Nursing Services).
Not in attendance: Jeremy Caine (Holiday Touch), Josephine Christensen (Community Member), and Sheila Kelly.
CLASS Advocacy Committee announces membership endorsement of the following proposal:
Aging in Community:
CLASS invites individuals, organizations, businesses, faith communities and governments to partner in creating age friendly communities; working together to address the opportunities and challenges of an aging population. CLASS supports the public and private creation and coordination of opportunities for health, well-being, social inclusion, participation and security. We advocate for structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of seniors with varying needs, interests and capacities. We raise up seniors to be their own voice and participate in these discussions, public and private.
January 28, 2019
New Board members were welcomed in at the CLASS Annual Meeting and Social Hour. Highlights included:
The Consortium of Lake Area Senior Services (CLASS) aims to increase dementia awareness in the Northeast Metro with its new initiative: Creating Dementia Friendly Communities.
A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway with the support of CLASS.
What are Dementia friendly communities?
Dementia friendly communities promote early diagnosis and quality care, offer memory loss services and supports, have welcoming and supportive faith communities, include supportive options for independent living and meaningful community engagement, are made up of businesses with dementia-informed services and environments for customers and employee caregivers and provide dementia-aware local government services, planning and emergency responses.
What is Dementia Friends?
Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. The Dementia Friends is offering free educational sessions to help you learn about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the program to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.