Edina Takes Steps to Become Dementia-Friendly Community

Updated: 06/10/2014 1:35 PM
Created: 06/10/2014 12:48 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Edina is making a push to build a dementia-friendly community.

There are more than 88,000 Minnesotans aged 65 and older living with dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota, its one of the most expensive conditions in the nation.

Edina Community Education Services was selected to receive a grant from the association with the goal of providing programs and support systems for those affected by dementia. It was among 11 other pilot communities in the state to receive the grant.

In Edina, nearly one in four people are aged 60 or older. The dementia programs will work to inform the community about the condition and how to help people with it, such as transportation and early detection, according to Carrie Cabe, project leader of the new Edina Alzheimer's action team.

The funding will help cover administrative costs for community engagement between residents, businesses, service agencies and city departments. One event was expected to be held Tuesday afternoon at the Waters of Edina with surveyors weighing in the public's opinion on how to proceed.

The event will be followed by more meetings among community members in July and the coming months.

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