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• Types of care and treatment plans prescribed statewide This law also calls for cost analyses to be done regarding: • Earlier identification of Alzheimer’s and other dementias • Improved support of family caregivers • Improved collaboration between medical care providers and community-based supports

Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

resources that help communities understand each of the key elements of a dementia capable community. Help is available

Alzheimer’s disease brings enormous cost and burden to individuals who have it, their families, 24/7 Information Helpline at (800) 272-3900 caregivers, employers, communiwww.alz.org/mnnd ties, and the state. The rapidly increasing prevalence of this disease in Minnesota and its Statewide collaboration implications for the state raise an urgent call for us to prepare The ADWG continued its commitment to assure the implementation our health care and support systems and our communities for the of the recommendations by establishing a collaborative organization spiraling needs related to this disease. For more information about ACT on Alzheimer’s and how called ACT on Alzheimer’s (formerly called Prepare Minnesota for it can help your community, visit www.collectiveactionlab.com Alzheimer’s 2020). /content/act-alzheimers. This statewide collaboration of medical, academic, community, government, business, and nonprofit stakeholders seeks to transform medical and long-term care systems and communities via five goals:

Susan J. Spalding is executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota.

1. Detect Alzheimer’s early and provide quality care. 2. Sustain caregivers with information, support, and resources. 3. Equip communities to support their residents who are affected by the disease. 4. Raise awareness and engage communities in taking action.

The cost of caring for all Minnesotans afflicted by Alzheimer’s is expected to increase to $20 billion dollars per year.

5. Invest in interventions that reduce future costs of Alzheimer’s. No single organization owns, funds, or controls ACT on Alzheimer’s. Instead, its vision and goals are furthered by more than 150 participants, including more than 50 nonprofit, governmental, and private-sector organizations. Communities ACT One goal of ACT on Alzheimer’s is to help communities become “dementia capable.” Alzheimer’s A dementia capable community is one that is informed about Alzheimer’s; is safe for and is a respectful of individuals with the disease, progressive, their families, and caregivers; and provides supportive options that foster quality of life. fatal Currently, ACT on Alzheimer’s is working brain with five self-defined communities—St. Paul disease. Neighborhood Community, Walker area (Northern Lakes area), St. Louis Park/ Hopkins, the Twin Cities Jewish community, and the Willmar area (West Central Coalition)—and will soon launch a Dementia Capable Community Toolkit statewide. This toolkit helps communities implement four key action steps. The first step involves building a team interested in acting together to facilitate change. A strong team is needed to undertake the other three action steps: assessing a community’s dementia capability, analyzing where a community has opportunities for improvement, and developing and acting on a plan for the community to become more dementia capable. To support these action steps, the toolkit provides

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