Local Alzheimer’s Initiative

Mille Lacs Health System

The Mille Lacs Area is one of several communities across Minnesota whose citizens are working together to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and the lives of their caregivers. ACT on Alzheimer’s® is partnering with these communities to help them become ready for the increasing number of people who will have dementia as the population ages.

ACT on Alzheimer’s® is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. One of its goals is to help communities become “dementia-capable.” A dementia-capable community is informed, safe, respects individuals with dementia and their families and caregivers, and provides options that support quality of life.

A core group of interested Mille Lacs area community leaders have recently secured grant funding from ACT on Alzheimer’s to assist in implementing select tools for community leadership.

“We are group of concerned persons, people whose lives have been touched either personally or professionally (or both) by dementia,” said Sue Lyback, coordinator of the local initiative. “‘Re-Membering Matters’ refers to our belief that re-membering actually means re-connecting or re-joining, or, restoring being a member.”

The core group consists of: Pastor Elliot Malmo, Isle-Wahkon Area Ministerial; Denise Sargent, Mille Lacs Band Elder Services; Kathy Young, Isle Community Education; Kathy Statz, Community Caregiver Support Group Leader; Cyndy Rudolph, Onamia Community Education; Sue Lyback, Mille Lacs Health System Home Care, and Penny Simonsen of East Central Senior Resource Center.

Key leaders, and others, (including persons impacted by Alzheimer’s) are invited to a meeting on Tues., Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Mille Lacs Health System board room in Onamia. The group will establish a working community action team.

For more information about “Re-Membering Matters at Mille Lacs” or the upcoming community action team gathering, contact Sue Lyback, MLHS Long Term Care, Home Care & Hospice Social Worker at 320-532-2742. More information about ACT on Alzheimer’s is available www.ACTonALZ.org.