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.
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
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.
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.
Watch the webinar from March 17, 2022.
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.
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.
Recordings of Past Educational Events about Dementia
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.
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.
Download the presentation slides:
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.
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.