Support the Life to Live Dementia Campaign
Too many times we heard dementia patients and families say, "They said there's nothing we can do, come back in a year". Families huddle in tears trying to figure out what to do after hearing these words. With appointments for dementia specialists scheduling out five months or more, we decided to act.
On a Mission
Over the past four years, 80+ St. Cloud, MN area dementia clinicians, dementia services providers, patients, caregivers, social workers, legislators, clergy, educators and other professionals, and activists met several times to determine the best course and strategy for a mission to, "Improve access to quality dementia care in our community". After several strategic planning sessions, we have formed a nonprofit called Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN). We are on a mission to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their families and we need your help. We are applying for a Gannett Foundation grant to help fund our work. As a condition for receiving the grant, they want us to show the support of our community with an online fundraising campaign - so this is your chance to do just that. You can click on the "Donate" button to do this any time, but if you and many others do it next week from September 28 through October 2 we might qualify for a $5k bonus in addition to our requested grant amount. This grant will cover some of the cost of services we will provide to clients at our Dementia Resource Center - services that some clients may not be able to afford.
Campaign Goal - A New Dementia Resource Center
We want our "Life to Live Dementia Campaign" to fund the startup of dementia consultation/evaluation services at this Dementia Resource Center (DRC). The DRC would collaborate with local dementia clinicians to enhance care in a patient/caregiver-centered way, while offloading some of the stress felt by primary care and specialty dementia clinicians dealing with the pandemic and the increasing demands of more complex care generally. We will bring in a new model of dementia care based upon careful history, comprehensive dementia risk assessment and risk reduction education - all in collaboration with local clinicians and dementia services providers.
Many of the new tests, nutritional and activity education services may not be covered by Medicare or insurance, so we will need to offer "scholarships" service to many clients including those without current symptoms who just want to be trained in dementia prevention. Our website is currently being built and will have more details on the DRC and how you can get involved there or with D-CAN soon.
Central MN Dementia Community Action Network
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Address7447 River Bend Court
320 492 8207