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Creating Dementia Friendly Communities

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.

Thanks to a grant from the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation, a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia  is underway with the support of CLASS.

•Approximately 91,000 Minnesotans age 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s.

•Some 60 percent of people with dementia live at home, often with support from families, friends, and the community.

•Nearly 251,000 Minnesotans care for family members with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These caregivers provide 286 million hours of unpaid care, valued at $3.6 billion yearly.

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.

How can you get involved?

CLASS is hosting a number ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Session this fall and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in our community.

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 session helps 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.