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.


Watch a recording of an interactive webinar with an interprofessional panel of experts to answer questions you have about dementia and dementia care! We have convened 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.

If you are someone living with dementia, a family member, friend, or professional with questions about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, this is the webinar for you!

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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.

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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. 

Watch the webinar "Alzheimer's Disease: What It Is and What Can Be Done."

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
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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.

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DEER Roadshow

If you are interested in having Dr. Gaugler visit your county, please contact Ann Emery, MS, CRC, at 612-626-9515 or [email protected] for more information.

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