In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will give you a list of resources to help you in taking these first steps in finding support and connecting with resources.

It is in the early stages when making this important connection with support, resources and education can make all the difference for individuals and their families. Asking for help shows maturity and confidence. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness. Here is a listing of resources to get you started in the right direction.

Recommended Reading

• The Alzheimer’s Action Plan

By Murali Doraiswamy, M.D. and Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W. w/ Tine Adler.

• Understanding Difficult Behaviors

By Anne Robinson, Beth Spencer and Laurie White.

• Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: A Practical Tip Guide

By Frank Broyles.

• Living Well Workbook

www.actonalz.org/pdf/living-Well.pdf

• Taking Action Workbook

www.actonalz.org/pdf/Taking-Action.pdf

• Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

www.alz.org/mnnd, 800-272-3900 24-Hour Helpline

Take advantage of the support and resources available to you and your family so you can live life to the fullest. For information about local resources to assist you in next steps after a diagnosis, contact Jayne Mund at 763-689-8811.

“The gateways to knowledge, tools and information are always open!”

For more information about these and other local resources and guidance in caring for someone with dementia contact Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant at 763-689-8811. For more information about the CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s call Julie Tooker at 763-691-6192. Your input and assistance is valuable! Let’s ACT together to create and sustain a dementia friendly community. There is Hope. There is Help.

Resources: www.alz.org & www.ACTonALZ.org.

• CambridgeACT Memory Café meets the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on May 9 at the SAC’s Enrichment Center, 140 Buchanan St. N. Suite 164, Cambridge. Registration-Questions: Contact Angie Detert at 320-364-1115 or angie@familypathways.org to sign up and/or for more information.

• CambridgeACT Isanti Memory Café Open House! Meets the fourth Thursday of each month on May 23 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Spirit River Community, 1321 Heritage Blvd. NE, Isanti. Registration-Questions: Contact Julie Tooker at 763-691-6192 or jtooker@preshomes.org to sign up and-or for more information.

• Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the new GracePointe Crossing Town Center, 1545 River Hills Parkway, Cambridge. Contact Molly Carlson for more information at mcarlson@preshomes.org or call 763-691-6172.

• A free Dementia Friends class is being offered on May 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Adult Enrichment Center in Cambridge. Contact Community Education to sign up at 763-689-6189 and to find out location of each session.

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