Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Learn more
Six regional offices help serve every county in Minnesota and North Dakota. Explore the Areas We Serve.
The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota is led by dedicated individuals, all of whom contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias and their caregivers. View our Board of Directors list.
Programs and Services The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter annually provides individuals with dementia, their care partners, community members and health care professionals with education and support programs and services. In fiscal year 2014, participation in these programs was more than 38,600.
• Care Consultation. Individuals with memory loss and their care partners received 3,078 care consultations, giving individualized assistance with problem solving, planning and identifying resources. • Community, Corporate and Professional Education. We offered dementia-specific workshops and conferences throughout the two-state area. In total, 15,396 people attended our programs. • Early-Stage Engagement Programs. Attendance at programs serving people in the early stage of the disease, such as Memory Club, Meetup and Mentor and the Living Well program, was 1,707. • Information and Referral. More than 5,280 calls were made to the 24/7 Helpline for information, support and resources. The Alzheimer’s Association website, which contains information about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, received more than 65,600 web visits. • Support Groups. 130 active support groups, led by trained volunteer facilitators, provided assistance and encouragement to more than 9,890 individuals and their care partners affected by dementia.
Outreach The Alzheimer's Association was promoted across the two states at community presentations, meetings and events, health fairs, conferences, and Association special events. Through these outreach efforts, more than 62,000 people heard about the Alzheimer's Association.
Advocacy Last year, staff successfully advocated for the passage of the Minnesota Dementia Staff Training Law, mandating increased staff training in assisted living facilities and ensuring that people with dementia living in these facilities receive a higher level of care. In addition, 47 advocates from Minnesota and North Dakota traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, where they advocated with nearly 900 others for increased Alzheimer’s research funding.
Research We are committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through a variety of initiatives, such as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC), the Alzheimer’s Association Research Roundtable, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, TrialMatch® and research funding. Through the International Research Grants Program, the Alzheimer’s Association made investments totaling approximately $14.8 million in more than 75 scientific investigations in 2013.
Volunteers Our programs, services and events would not be possible without the commitment and generous support of our volunteers. In FY14, more than 600 people provided more than 10,000 hours of service towards our mission.
Collaboration We are a strategic leader when collaborating with others on dementia systems-change and are focused on developing new models that can transform dementia care nationwide. We do this in multiple ways. For example, we led the formation of ACT on Alzheimer’s, a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In addition, through our collaboration with HealthPartners, we are studying new ways to provide care to people diagnosed with dementia. Another highlight is in North Dakota, where we provide community and professional education across the state through the Dementia Care Services Project, funded by the Aging Services Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. This project, over the last 42 months, has saved an estimated $39.2 million in long-term care costs.