Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect a large and growing number of Minnesotans. As a result, the Minnesota Board on Aging has awarded 11 organizations a total of $750,000 in grants to help meet the needs of individuals with dementia and those who care for them.

Activities planned include memory screenings, collaborations with health care providers to improve referrals and culturally responsive trainings.

KLGR-area grant recipients include:

  • VINE Faith in Action, Mankato, $76,270 for cognitive training programs for people diagnosed with early stage dementia and their caregivers.
  • Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program, $25,594 for memory screening, Dementia Friends training and activities to strengthen collaboration among area medical providers.
  • A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, $72,900 for Dementia Friends training, virtual aging and dementia experience trainings and dementia-specific educational plays.

Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 91,000 Minnesotans over age 65, a number that continues to grow, and more than 254,000 people who provide care informally.