Action Resources: Independent Living and Meaningful Engagement

ACT’s Dementia Friendly Library tips and best practices handout provides an overview of dementia, Alzheimer’s 10 warning signs and ways to interact with community members with dementia.  Handout covers actions a library can take to become dementia supportive, including how to create a dementia friendly physical space.  View handout.  Enlist Your Public Library in Your Dementia Friendly Efforts (8/17/17 PowerPoint, Handout). 


Independent Living

Safe at Home Short video that offers caregivers of those with dementia simple, inexpensive options for making basic home modifications to help address problematic behavior when providing care at home.

This Caring Home Provides tips and tools to enhance home safety for persons with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. 

Home Modifications Home modifications are changes made to adapt living spaces to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so that they can continue to live independently and safely. This webpage helps you think through which modifications might be needed and how to begin.

Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease Booklet for caregivers gives room-by-room suggestions for creating a safer space for people with Alzheimer's disease.  

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.

Dementia Enabling Environment Project Developing an enabling environment for a person living with dementia can make a significant difference to independence, quality of life and wellbeing. This website provides practical tips, guides and resources to help make the places in which we live more dementia enabling.

Meaningful Engagement

Enlist Your Public Library in Your Dementia Friendly Efforts, PowerPoint (8/17/17), Handout.  For more information, contact Mary Beth Riedner.

Memory Café Toolkit developed by Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Boston.  English, Spanish .  Starting Your Memory Cafe:  A Tour Through The Toolkit PowerPoint (5/30/17).  For more information, contact Beth Soltzberg

Best Practice Guide to Memory Cafes  Offers resources for starting and operating memory cafes. Creating and Sustaining Memory Café’s PowerPoint (3/16/16), Example of Monthly ScheduleFor more information, contact Susan McFadden, Ph.D.

A Guide to Setting up a Memory Café Learn how to organize and sustain memory cafés.  Includes a survey that can be used to assess outcomes of memory café participation.  

Neighborhood Memory Café Tool Kit Contains practical advice for starting and sustaining a memory café.    

The Alzheimer’s Café  information about starting and operating cafés and includes comments from a survey of 11 memory cafés around the country about what worked well and problems encountered in operating memory cafés.

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project The training emphasizes simple poetry techniques and how they can be combined with dance, exercise, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate a new and positive way of communicating with people in all stages of dementia.

Time Slips Training in creative storytelling. 

National Center for Creative Aging Sign in for a free online creative caregiving toolkit.

Story Corps: Memory Loss Initiative Has created a unique toolkit, Commemorate, a free resource to organizations to enable them to record, share, and preserve the stories of clients living with memory loss

Tales and Travel Memories Innovative, one-hour program that uses the theme of an imaginary excursion to a destination around the globe.

Dementia Toolkit for Small Museums Learn how to develop an object handling program that positively impacts the wellbeing of persons with early to mid-stage dementia. 

Dementia Friendly Screenings:  A Guide for Cinemas  Designed to help cinemas improve their accessibility and become more dementia-friendly.

Making Arts Organizations Dementia Friendly  Guide gives arts venues, of all sizes, the opportunity to pick and choose from practical guidance and to create a dementia-friendly approach tailored to their organization.

Start your search for resources by checking out what's available in your local community.

Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors www, Navigate Minnesota's Land of Over 10,000 Helping Agencies Alzheimer's Association