Historical and Contemporary Trauma in African American Communities

Understanding Historical and Contemporary Trauma in African American Communities: Navigating Supports so Elders Thrive

During the pandemic and civil unrest, older adults may be particularly vulnerable to re-traumatization as they re-experience a previous traumatic event, either consciously or unconsciously, as the result of a current racially bias event. This trauma may be the result of triggering historical knowledge of systemic racism and/or the cumulative toll of daily microaggressions and lived experiences of discrimination in one’s community.

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

In a virtual continuation of a tour across the state of Minnesota, Professor Gaugler will be presenting to families, professionals, and community members on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease. During this webinar, UMN School of Public Health professor Dr. Gaugler guides us through learning how to recognize, prepare, and manage Alzheimer’s.

Date: November 11, 2020, 11:30 AM

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Webcast - COVID-19 and Living with Dementia

Webcast - COVID-19 and Living with Dementia
COVID-19 and Living with Dementia: Maintaining Well-Being and Purpose

Free Webcast - April 17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Central)

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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:

Offering Public Education and Support for Families and Direct Care Workers

Since Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia are especially challenging when caring for older adults, the Minnesota Northstar GWEP has several programs targeting these complex conditions. Through education “roadshows,” conferences, community speaking engagements, and radio spots, we are reaching out to people in all corners of our state with dementia information and support. Programs include:

Bringing Together Minnesota’s Best Minds in Geriatrics Care and Education

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A goal of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP is to facilitate and strengthen meaningful support and collaboration of key partners in the geriatrics field. The University of Minnesota is joined by eight community partners to provide greater access community education in aging and dementia, improve geriatrics training in health professions, and transform primary care clinical training and practice sites to provide Age-Friendly care. Partners include: