Focusing on Dementia Care, Support, and Safety

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP provides education to support older adults. Through a partnership with Dementia Friends, we will train health professionals, students, and community members. Additional specific training programs for professionals focus on dentistry, exercise, and safety for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Projects include:

  • The Dementia Friends training program for students, direct care providers, and a variety of healthcare professionals.
  • Dementia Friendly Dental Practices for dentistry clinicians and professionals caring for older adults with dementia.
  • FIT-AD Certificate Program, a continuing education opportunity teaching safe and engaging fitness and exercise for those with dementia.
  • Development of education materials to prepare the geriatric workforce to maximize reasonable safety for long-term care patients—including patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

By taking these measures, we hope to make major strides toward closing the gap when it comes to Age-Friendly care. Our ultimate goal is for all geriatric patients to receive treatment that faithfully adheres to the 4M framework: what matters in their lives, their medications, their mobility, and their mentation.

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP will positively touch many lives, including patients and their families. We have undertaken a critically important, much-needed mission—one that will call upon the passion and dedication of hundreds of providers and personnel as we take vital steps toward ensuring Age-Friendly health care across Minnesota.