Dementia Resources

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One of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP's missions is to provide tools and resources to help support older adults who may be experiencing dementia—while offering support to their caregivers as well. From conferences to webinars to in-person seminars, MN GWEP offers many ways for you to find assistance. 

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, is a professor and the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Here you will find information about Dr. Gaugler's various Minnesota Northstar GWEP activities.

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DEER Roadshow

A Minnesota county tour on dementia and dementia care, Dementia Educational Experience Roadshow (DEER) is an educational program that offers critical skills training and education for caregivers, families, communities and health professionals. The program leader is Joe Gaugler, PhD, who serves as professor and the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Dementia Q&A Webinars

Dementia Q&A Panel

Watch this interactive webinar from the first event in June 2021 featuring an interprofessional panel of experts who answer questions about dementia and dementia care. Panelists include a geriatrician, a psychologist, a cultural expert, a physical therapist, a geriatric pharmacist, and a lawyer to address questions and concerns related to living with dementia, dementia care, and the key issues that often come up.

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Watch this webinar from the second Q&A event in October 2021 featuring a different but equally expert interprofessional panel who answer questions about dementia and dementia care. This presentation was in collaboration with the Minnesota Northstar GWEP and the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health in Virginia. 

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Watch the webinar from March 17, 2022.

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Watch the webinar from April 18, 2022.

We convened a geriatric nurse (Dr. Fayron Epps), a cultural expert (Robbin Frazier), a creative arts therapist (Dr. Kendra Ray), a geriatric pharmacist (Dr. DeLon Canterbury), a social worker (Dorothea Harris), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Dr. Kalisha Bonds Johnson), and a gerontological scientist (Dr. Lauren Parker) to address your questions and concerns related to living with dementia, dementia care, and the key issues that often come up.

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Dementia Friends

Through the Minnesota Northstar GWEP's partnership with Dementia Friends, we offer a training program for students, direct care providers, and a variety of healthcare professionals. You will find training specifically catered to healthcare clinicians as well as dental team members.

Watch the Dementia Friends information session

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Alzheimer's Disease: What It Is and What Can Be Done

Approximately 94,000 Minnesotans live with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, and a quarter million people provide unpaid care to these individuals. The value of this care to Minnesota and society is over $3.5 billion dollars per year, which exceeds the annual revenue of some Fortune 500 companies. 

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In a tour across the state of Minnesota, Professor Gaugler has met with with families and professionals to talk about Alzheimer’s disease, share information and stories, and help us realize we are not alone on the dementia journey. Although the in-person visits have paused during the pandemic, free online webinars have allowed more people to learn about Alzheimer's. 

When Dr. Gaugler presents, he focuses on the live questions from the audience. Therefore, the recordings from 2020 and 2021 answer different questions.

See the presentation from 2020 and the most recent presentation recording from October 2021.


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African Immigrant Dementia Education Project

The project is building on the foundation that is being laid by the African Immigrant Memory Loss Project and features an ongoing partnership between African Career, Education, and Resources, Inc. (ACER) and the University of Minnesota.

The goal of this project is to develop a culturally tailored dementia education program. For more information, please contact us.

The Immigrant Memory Collaborative

Deprescribing and Dementia Q&A

We have convened two geriatric pharmacists, Dr. Amy Busker and Dr. DeLon Canterbury, to address your questions and concerns related to living with dementia, prescriptions, and the key issues that often come up.

If you are someone living with dementia, a family member, friend, or professional with questions about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias related to de-prescribing, this is the webinar for you! View the slides below or watch the webinar.

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Dementia Education For Dental Providers

Resources are linked here to increase the capacity of dental providers to care for the growing number of older adults living with dementia and to support their care partners. You will find training packages and resources for the entire dental team (DDS, DH, DT, DA and administrative staff) and video tutorials. The site also provides training opportunities.

These dementia education resources for dental providers have been developed through a collaborative initiative including the Minnesota Dental Association, the University of Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Delta Dental Foundation, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and ACT on Alzheimer's.

Dementia Clinical Resources for All Healthcare Settings

Dementia Education

ACT on Alzheimer's provides ready-to-use webinars and access to in-person training delivered by volunteer or professional trainers.

Video Tutorials about Dementia Care

Use these ACT on Alzheimer's® videos in your work with cognitively impaired patients and their care partners. Presented in clinic settings with real patients, the video tutorials represent best and emerging dementia care practices.

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View dementia resources in the Age-Friendly Care and Education Collection, a curated collection that highlights educational and clinical resources for educators, health professionals, learners, patients, caregivers, and others interested in improving care for older adults.

Upcoming Event

DEER Roadshow

If you are interested in having Dr. Gaugler visit your county, please contact Ashley Millenbah, MPH, at 612-424-1894 or [email protected] for more information.

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