GracePointe Crossing receives grant to support dementia-friendly work

GracePointe Crossing has received a grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s® to support its work to create a dementia-friendly community.

The Cambridge action team, convened by GracePointe Crossing, is one of seven ACT on Alzheimer’s teams in the early stages of working with local communities to becoming dementia-friendly, characterized by being informed, safe and respectful of anyone touched by dementia.

The community work is sponsored by ACT on Alzheimer’s, a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. Working with communities to help them engage key partners and mobilize community sectors to achieve dementia readiness is one of ACT’s key strategies.

This innovative work will help communities build awareness of dementia and a broader understanding of the everyday actions people can take to help those who need assistance. Communities can also develop strategies so that people with dementia can live independently with help from the community.

The Cambridge action team used the ACT on Alzheimer’s comprehensive Community Toolkit to assess supports already in place and determine additional actions needed to improve the lives of residents with dementia and support their family caregivers.

The action team obtained input from more than 64 members of the community.

“After the assessment, it was clear that raising awareness and educating the public would do tremendous good in our community,” said Julie Tooker, Community Relations Director of GracePointe Crossing and Team Lead of the Cambridge  action team. “We were then faced with the task of figuring out how to address the problems.”

The grant awarded to the Cambridge action team will help the group achieve critical goals, including education and raising awareness of local resources we have available.

GracePointe Crossing was one of the first round of grant recipients from ACT on Alzheimer’s. A second round is open for applications until March 4.

“As the population of Minnesota ages, it’s increasingly important to build support systems for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Olivia Mastry, executive lead of ACT on Alzheimer’s. “The best way to do that is at the community level with people who know it best.”

ACT on Alzheimer’s is announcing new grants available of up to $18,000. Organizations representing Minnesota communities defined by geography or shared interests are eligible.

The grant offering is administered by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and funded through Blue Plus, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, and the Medica Foundation. Applications will be accepted on or before March 4.

Complete details and instructions are available at www.ACTonALZ.org.