January 30, 2019: Our Campaign to improve access to quality dementia care in our community continues…
A lot has been happening since our last post. Eric Linn and I have participated in the Minnesota Legislative effort to re-examine dementia care in our State with the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Disease Work Group. They presented our recommendations and several others to the Legislature recently. The Work Group included my recommendation that Minnesota consider creating a state-wide network of dementia resource centers similar to Wisconsin’s 40 State sponsored centers but using a slightly different model. Our Central MN Circle of Health group has reached out to other Minnesota communities interested in the community dementia resource center model including Gretchen Reeves in Montevideo where they have a mature and functional dementia evaluation center that partners with the local senior center and other resources for a virtual dementia resource center that has proven to be very successful.
We again staffed a booth at the Whitney Senior Expo last August and two of our volunteer psychologists provided over 40 free cognitive screens while others of us discussed dementia services needs of our many booth visitors.
I have given dementia information talks at Whitney Senior Center and at St. Francis Parish hall that were well attended. Our community continues to show a strong interest in dementia, its prevention and care.
I have been reaching out again recently to additional and current Campaign stakeholders looking at new opportunities for action and collaboration.
I will post more later.
Thank you for your interest and input,
Pat Zook, MD, President
Stearns Benton Medical Society
Central MN Circle of Health