ACT on Alzheimer’s Granite Falls
Updated February 2018
In 2018, we are continuing the work we started as an ACT community to become dementia friendly.
What We’re Doing for Our Community
- Established the Heart2Heart memory café, which meets monthly
- Hosting dementia awareness educational events, such as public forums and a virtual dementia tour
- Providing Dementia Friends informational sessions
- Donated dementia-related videos and books to the public library
- Developed the Building Bridges Memory Choir, based on the Giving Voice Chorus model
Connect with Us
About Our ACT Community
Living at Home Block Nurse Program (LAH/BNP) provided leadership for Granite Falls to become an ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Community in 2016. LAH/BNP, a volunteer organization led by Mary Ims, has delivered support and services to seniors and people with disabilities, including Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers for more than 20 years. Community members and business leaders participate on the team.
Snapshot of Activities
- Held a community-wide kick-off-event inviting the public from Granite Falls as well as Montevideo, Clarkfield, Echo, Hanley Falls and Maynard. Thirty-four people joined the ACTion Team.
- The mayor of Granite Falls declared June 20th “Dementia Friendly Day.” Sixty-seven people attended.
- Team members have been invited to speak at various group gatherings, including the Senior Advocate Center, Kiwanis and American Legion.
- Thirty-eight surveys have been completed.
- Working with the Upper Sioux Indian health office to develop two educational events that address dementia and the unique culture of the Native American community. One event will be tailored for tribal elders and the other event will focus on issues Casino staff may encounter.
Resources, News and Events
June 20 Has Been Declared “Dementia Friendly Day”
Granite Falls News, June 16, 2016