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Minnesota Board on Aging awards $750,000 to dementia awareness and support organizations | national news

(The Center Square) – Minnesota taxpayers will spend nearly $750,000 to fund 11 organizations that must help families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The Minnesota Board on Aging announced the scholarships earlier this week.

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 100,000 Minnesotans over the age of 65, and that number is expected to reach 120,000 by 2025, MBA executive director Kari Benson said in a news release. The grants will help increase awareness and early diagnosis of illnesses and help caregivers find resources.

This year, the Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network in St. Cloud received the largest grant: $150,000 to continue to develop a community dementia resource center that promotes dementia prevention strategies among clinicians, provision by primary care clinicians of comprehensive care for dementia, access and use of dementia care resources and an online dementia resource directory.

Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities in Mahtomedi received $130,007, the second largest grant. The network will be used to help Metro Faith Community Nurses deliver dementia education, resources and wellness assessments to promote early risk and detection screenings and health support services , well-being and care.

America-Minnesota volunteers in Edina received $90,954 to strengthen services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. The organization will provide culturally appropriate screening for memory and chronic conditions and connections to services, community education on dementia, and support and health education for family and friends of these individuals.

The smallest grant, $18,500, went to the Granite Falls Living at Home Block nursing program in Granite Falls. The program will increase awareness of dementia, promote in-home dementia assessments, and connections to direct services and social events.

Other grants went to the following organizations:

  • Caregivers of Northwoods, Bemidji, $77,316.
  • Sewa-aifw Inc., Brooklyn Center, $74,999.
  • Southwestern Minnesota ACE, Slayton, $57,000.
  • INDICES, St. Paul, $50,000.
  • Lao Advancement Organization of America, Inc., Minneapolis, $49,906.
  • Aging Options from Koochiching, International Falls, $31,389.
  • Partner of the Côte-Nord region, Silver Bay, $19,500.

Last year, Minnesota Granted a total of $729,172 to 11 organizations dealing with dementia issues. The largest grant, $150,000, went to the Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network, Sauk Rapids, for a community dementia resource center. Northwoods Caregivers ($115,436), SEWA-AIFW, Inc., Minneapolis ($74,562), and Lao Advancement Organization of America, Inc. ($42,615) were among other grantees who received funding in 2021.

In 2020, the council granted $741,781 to 12 organizations. Minnesota Volunteers of America in Edina received $89,575 and Northwoods Caregivers received $114,348.

Grants from Northwoods Caregivers in each of the past three years are intended to support dementia education and support for populations, including those of Native Americans and LGBTQ+ communities.