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.

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


These projects are affiliated with, and/or sponsored by, the Minnesota Northstar GWEP. Please see the resources of these outstanding partners and projects:

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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Additional resources are below.

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:

Transforming Primary Care Clinics for Age-Friendly Care and Learning

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP aims to implement and demonstrate the ways we can transform primary care clinics throughout the state of Minnesota to better integrate Age-Friendly geriatrics care. By concentrating efforts on clinics where students and residents learn, we can improve care while changing the way our next generation of healthcare professionals practice. Stages of this project include:

Educating Current and Future Health Professionals in Age-Friendly Care

The Minnesota Northstar GWEP is preparing the current and future workforce to care for older adults and create Age-Friendly systems. Our team is implementing a multi-faceted geriatrics training program to reach a wide variety of healthcare providers and interprofessional learners in Minnesota. This program includes:

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: