Mankato and North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s

Elaine Spain's mother started having memory issues in her 60s, but her memory didn't deteriorate until her husband died when she was 80. Within two years of her husband's death, Spain's mother was living in a nursing home. Her mother is still alive, but “her quality of life is pretty limited,” said Spain, who works for the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. . . . Family caregivers are a key part of the battle against the disease, Spain said. . . .The caregiving can be stressful, however, especially for older adults. Spain said it's not uncommon to see someone who has spent five to 10 years coping and caring for someone with dementia need care and support for him or herself. “We need to support caregivers,” she said, “and we need to make our communities more aware of what's going on with dementia and how can we support not only caregivers but people who live in the community with dementia.”

—excerpt from “Alzheimer's group pushing "dementia capable" plan,”
Mankato Free Press, February 18, 2015

About Our ACT Community

The desire to coordinate and structure existing dementia strategies in Mankato and North Mankato led to the formation of an ACT on Alzheimer’s ACTion Team in 2014. Partners include a senior service provider, an aging studies educational institution, the health care community, and local government agencies. 

Snapshot of Activities

  • Created a resource guide that identifies local and statewide Alzheimer’s and dementia-related resources.
  • Trained volunteer presenters on two Alzheimer’s Association presentations: “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia” and “Alzheimer’s Disease and Know the 10 Signs.
  • Hosted the Alzheimer’s Association “Get the Facts” education series.
  • Created and hosted a “Community Conversations” series.
  • Recruiting businesses in downtown Mankato and North Mankato to participate in Dementia @ Work training.

Resources, News and Events

Mankato/North Mankato Website

In the News

Volunteers Work to Make Community Dementia Friendly
May 17, 2016, KEYC

Local ACT on Alzheimer's Organization Receives Grant To Educate Public
May 29, 2015, KEYC TV

Alzheimer's Group Pushing "Dementia Capable" Plan
February 18, 2015, The Free Press

Alzheimer's Group Begins Local Survey 
September 11, 2014, The Free Press

Action Community Team Contact

Sandi Lubrant