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Annual Conference for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers Set for March 19

The annual “Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference” will be held March 19, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre to inform and support people with dementia along with their family, friends and professional caregivers.


A Look at Alzheimer’s Through the Eyes of a Young Doctor

What does a doctor do when she’s treating patients with a disease like Alzheimer’s that has no cure?  Dr. Ariel Green, a Johns Hopkins geriatrician, offers a profound answer to that question in this first-person account in the Washington Post.  Dr. Green realized she knew the answer before she ever went to medical school.  Doctoring is a lot more than practicing medicine.  


Ecumen Detroit Lakes Receives Grant to Advance Its Dementia-Friendly Work

Ecumen Detroit Lakes is among 12 Minnesota organizations receiving grants through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help create more dementia-friendly communities.

ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and many thousands more with other dementias.


Alzheimer's & Dementia Care: "Listening to Elderly Cuts Use of Costly Medications," Ecumen Awakenings Featured in Minneapolis Star Tribune

So many people across Ecumen have made Ecumen Awakenings possible and are contributing to the program's learnings and growth.  It is innovation that empowers and honors those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia while underscoring our mission and vision. Saturday's front-page article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune features a long story on this great work.


Revitalizing Memory Care at Ecumen Pathstone Living

The Memory Care team at Ecumen Pathstone Living recently decided it was time for a change.  Inspired by a training video about state-of-the-art thinking on how to care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, they looked around the memory care unit and saw that something important was missing.

The 21-room facility, built in 2006, had a clean, elegant look.  What it lacked was the ambiance of home.


Ecumen Awakenings Insights on Going Beyond Drugs to Calm ‘Behaviors’ of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Shelley Matthes, a nurse and Ecumen's Director of Quality, shares thoughts on going beyond drugs to calm behaviors in care for Alzheimer's and other dementias.