St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT on Alzheimer's (SPN ACT)
Update 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
Some of our outcomes include:
- Sustaining our dementia friendly work since 2012 through a dedicated team coordinator, social work intern, and highly engaged volunteers
- Partnering with the St. Paul African American Faith Community ACT team to host events that raise awareness about dementia, make resources available, and educate about research opportunities
- Starting a Memory Café in 2014
- Offering Dementia Friends Information Sessions and, in particular, mentoring and engaging local youth in learning about dementia
Connect with Us
About Our ACT Community
St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT on Alzheimer’s (SPN ACT) was formed in 2012. As the convening organization for SPN ACT, Carondelet Village supports a team coordinator, ensuring the team can build strong community supports and collaborative relationships that raise awareness, provide education, and provide linkages to community supports for people living with dementia. Collaborating organizations include St. Paul African American Faith Communities Team, Wilder Community Center for Aging, Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, Lyngblomsten, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul Public Libraries, Associated Bank on Snelling, Catholic Spirit publication, Fairmont Methodist Church, Keystone Community Center, Rakhma Homes, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Symphony Senior Home Care, Health East, Health Partners, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, W 7th Community Center, Highland Block Nurse Program, W 7th Community Reporter publication, Villager publication, Union Park District Council, Ramsey County Senior Services Consortium, Mac-Groveland District Council, Summit Hill District Council, Council Member Chris Tolbert, St. Paul Mayor’s Advisory Council on Aging, and more.
“My husband, Dave who is a Dementia Friend, was waiting at Great Clips to get his hair cut last fall. He was sitting by an older woman whose husband was having his hair cut. They began talking and she told him that her husband had dementia, and how hard it was caring for him. Dave agreed to send her some information, which he did. Last week, she emailed Dave to say her husband passed away. She thanked Dave for his friendship and kindness. She encouraged him to keep doing what he was doing, and said that she would pay it forward.”
---Caroline, Optage, Presbyterian Homes and Services Social Worker
Snapshot of Activities
Distributed more than 6,000 SPN ACT bookmarks and brochures around our community.
Trained more than 100 Dementia Champions, who in turn have helped more than 1,250 people of all ages become Dementia Friends.
In March 2015, SPN ACT celebrated two years of ACTing on Alzheimer’s with over 70 attendees from diverse sectors of our community. We recognized our team’s efforts to bring the community together to help make St. Paul dementia friendly, but also recognized that our work has only just begun and called our broader community to action.
Resources, News and Events
SPN ACT Team Charter, February 2015
Check out page one of the Community Reporter to read about SPN ACT
St. Paul Alzheimer's Initiative Offers Education, Support
June 19, 2013, The Catholic Spirit
Life As We Know It, written by Roger Maulik (Papa Wheelie), SPN ACT team member
September 8, 2014, Pioneer Press
Creating Moments of Joy Events, November 17 and 18, 2015
ACT on Alzheimer’s Evaluation: St. Paul Neighborhoods - Final Report, March 2015
ACT on Alzheimer’s Evaluation: St. Paul Neighborhoods - Progress Report Toward Becoming a Dementia Capable Community (Phases 1-3), April 2014
St. Paul Neighborhoods - Self-Assessment Survey Results, March - May 2014