Alzheimer's & Dementia Information

For Assistance

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900 - for immediate assistance. Call 911 if life-threatening emergency. 
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Helpline: 866-232-8484 8 AM - 8 PM CT 7 days a week.
MN Senior Linkage Line: 800-333-2433: 8 AM - 4:30 PM CT M-F

About Us

Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D), was formed in 2013, to proactively assist the calculated large number of people living with dementia and their caregivers living in Roseville. RSVL A/D is a ground-breaking alliance of community members, municipal, fire, and police staff, aging services professionals, school district senior program staff, and county library staff. About the Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Action Team

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RSVL A/D is on Facebook!

Check our Facebook page for the latest information from RSVL A/D about new events and resources during the upcoming month. Events that were previously cancelled may be presented in an alternative online format. Our Facebook page is the best way to keep updated! https://www.facebook.com/RsvlMNDementiaInfo

Support, Activities, and Resources

Below are several documents to provide information and assistance to care partners and persons living with dementia.

February 2024

These documents are updated on a monthly basis.

Dementia Support Groups & Services

Dementia Friendly Activities

  • Adult Day & Respite Services  – in-person and online
  • Memory Cafes – in-person and online
  • Organized Activities – in-person and online
  • Ideas for Outings
  • Activities at Home – On your own schedule
  • Health & Exercise Programs – in-person and online
  • Virtual Travel, Arts & Entertainment

Dementia: Caring & Coping

The Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team presents Dementia: Caring & Coping, a series of in-person events about the dementia journey. Our topics are intended to actively improve the quality of life for persons living with dementia and their care partners.

These presentations will take place in person at the Roseville City Hall - City Council Chambers at 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN. They will be available later as recordings. These presentations are free and no registration is required.

Dementia: Caring & Coping resumes in April 2024: 

Learn about the Whole-Person Wellness Screening Program & Living Well with Dementia 
April 9, 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM CST 
Roseville City Hall - City Council Chambers at 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 

Sam Sleeman, CVA, Executive Director of the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities will talk about the 2023 Whole Person Wellness community screenings project. She will explain the screening process, including what happens when cognitive issues are discovered. The Nurse Network will be conducting Whole Person Wellness Screenings later in April 2024. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what is involved and what information you can expect to get from a Wellness Screening.  

In the second half of our event, Carolyn Klaver and Robyn Birkeland will talk about how best to support people who are living on their own with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) or dementia. Carolyn will discuss current research and her own experiences with “solos.”  Robyn will share about the University of Minnesota's Home Alone study and will review the preliminary results. She will also share considerations, resources, and tips for people with dementia who are living independently.  

Carolyn Klaver is a registered nurse & dementia specialist with Lyngblomsten Community Services. Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D., is a study interventionist and coach at the University of Minnesota Families and Long-Term Care Projects team. 

Whole-Person Wellness Screening – including optional cognitive screening
Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM CST - Appointments required.
The Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 

Get a free whole-person wellness consultation with a U of M student nurse (under supervision of a registered nurse.) During your visit with a nurse and a nursing student, you will develop a whole-person wellness plan, set individualized goals, and get connected to resources to support wellness goals. You will also learn more about your body biometrics and have the opportunity to be screened for depression and cognitive decline. Hosted by the Faith Community Nurse Network   

Click here to schedule an appointment online.

You can also contact Lyngblomsten Community Services at 651-632-5330 or email communityservices@lyngblomsten.org to register.  

Past presentations available on video

Traveling with Dementia - from Day Trips to Air Travel July 11, 2023 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM CDT

We’ll discuss how to plan ahead and prepare for all types of travels, from short local trips to navigating an airport. Learn about resources available to make traveling with dementia work! Our panelists are: Amy House, Certified Dementia Practitioner & creator of SilverCrest Staycations, Carol Giuliani, owner of Senior Travel Companions and Sara Barsel, organizer of the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group. Click here to watch the presentation.

The Dementia Journey - Teepa Snow’s Approach to Dementia Care August 8, 2023 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM CDT

Learn about the ongoing changes and stages of dementia and effective ways to respond to various situations in this interactive presentation. Brittany Harris, Certified Coach, and Amy House C.D.P., Certified Trainer, in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care®, will help you understand the different stages experienced by persons living with dementia. Click here to watch the presentation.

Dementia Research: What’s Happening Nearby and What’s in It for Me? September 12, 2023 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM CDT

Dementia research isn’t just about clinical trials! Many studies and projects are aimed at finding out what can make daily life better for care partners and persons living with dementia. Our panelists, from the University of Minnesota’s Families and Long Term Care Projects & Research Studies, are Katie Louwagie, DNP, project specialist, Robyn Birkeland, PhD, study interventionist and coach, and Ashley Millenbah, MPH, research coordinator. They will demystify the topic of dementia research and talk about what is available in and around the Twin Cities, the benefits of participating, and how to identify reputable research opportunities. Click here to watch the presentation.

Exploring Leqembi: A Breakthrough in Alzheimer's Treatment October 10, 2023 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM CDT

Learn about Leqembi, the revolutionary Alzheimer's medication that has captured attention as a potential game-changer for both patients and caregivers. Gain insights into its implications and intended beneficiaries and become better informed about this drug to aid in discussion with healthcare providers or preparing others to have these important conversations. This presentation is for anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease or working to forge a path to improved dementia care and understanding.  Our presenter, Robyn Birkeland, Ph.D., is a study interventionist and coach at the University of Minnesota with the Families and Long-Term Care Projects team. Click here to watch the presentation.

10 Signs of Dementia & the Importance of Socialization and Cognitive Stimulation Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM CT

Join registered nurse Carolyn Klaver for an informative presentation on early-stage dementia and the importance of socialization and cognitive stimulation. A dementia care specialist with Lyngblomsten Community Services, Carolyn will share 10 signs of dementia you may notice in yourself or a loved one, and then highlight a number of resources (including brain stimulating opportunities) that can help persons experiencing early-stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment. Click here to watch the presentation.

Resources:
10 Signs of Dementia Checklist
Nun Study proves "Use it or Lose it"

Avoiding Power Struggles Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM CT

This is not Dementia 101, so we’ll get into some tangible ideas to avoid confrontation with your loved-one living with dementia. Come prepared to practice techniques, hear about successes, failures, and get permission to make mistakes. Walk away with respectful techniques that will make caregiving less frustrating. Presenter, Deb Nygaard, Licensed Assisted Living Director. Click here to watch the presentation.

Dementia: Caring & Coping presentations will resume in April 2024

Dementia: Caring & Coping is sponsored by the City of Roseville and the Roseville Area Senior Program.

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RSVL A-D Series

Dementia: Caring & Coping during the Pandemic: First Series

The purpose of the first Dementia: Caring & Coping during the Pandemic series was to highlight how current programs and services for people living with dementia and their care partners have changed due to COVID-19. Organizations had to come up with creative ways to provide services despite the challenges they faced. These solutions will have a lasting effect on how providers interact with care partners who cannot leave their home or need support at times when there are no classes or activities scheduled.

Lori La Bey interviewed eight organizations serving persons living with dementia and their care partners. This series of episodes was originally broadcast every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. on Alzheimer’s Speaks from January 6 to February 24, 2021.

All episodes are now available for on-demand viewing on the Series One YouTube Playlist.

Dementia: Caring & Coping during the Pandemic: Second Series

The Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team and Alzheimer’s Speaks continued their partnership with a second series of presentations.

This series of seven episodes focuses on a variety of topics to help care partners and persons living with dementia - now and when the pandemic is over. Presentations and interviews are available on the Series Two YouTube Playlist. See individual links below.

Broadcast Schedule (Second Series)

Episode 1:Dementia Research during the Pandemic - COVID and Cognition
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – Alzheimer’s Speaks
William H. Frey II PhD
Senior Research Director
Center for Memory & Aging, HealthPartners Neuroscience Center

Episode 2:What's your Plan? Legal Considerations when Facing a Dementia Diagnosis
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – Alzheimer’s Speaks
Leah Gilbert, J.D.
Private practice attorney focusing on estate planning and elder law - Gilbert Legal, PLLC

Episode 3: Dementia and Medical Care Decisions - Prepare your Family for What’s Ahead
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Alzheimer's Speaks
Deborah Day Laxson
Author of “The Gray Zone: When Life Support No Longer Supports Life” and “The Fog Zone: Navigating the Space After Your Diagnosis” and founder of the Health Care Agent Literacy Project.

Episode 4: The End of Life Journey
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Alzheimer's Speaks
Jeanne Bain
End of life navigator, dementia trainer and consultant. Jeanne is co-host of a podcast called “Death Unfiltered.”

Episode 5: Your Path to Peace of Mind While Caregiving
August 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Alzheimer’s Speaks
Pat Samples
Author of “Daily Comforts for Caregivers” and “Self-Care for Caregivers, A Twelve Step Approach” and other books, and a champion for creative aging.

Episode 6: Humor as a Tool for Caring & Coping
September 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Alzheimer’s Speaks
Shannan Calcutt
Comedian, actor, and workshop leader, clown, comic act designer and acting coach with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Episode 7:  Ambiguous Loss in the Time of the Pandemic
October 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - Alzheimer's Speaks
Pauline Boss, Ph.D.
Author of "Loving Someone with Dementia" and "Ambiguous Loss" and to be published in November: "The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic."

Dementia: Caring & Coping during the Pandemic is sponsored by Alzheimer’s Speaks and the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (RSVL A/D), the City of Roseville, and the Ramsey County Library system. We give special thanks to the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries for its support.

Hot Topics

Former Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative

Are you a former dementia caregiver? Participate in the monthly Former Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative and find the “new” you after caregiving. Share with others who have had a similar journey. This is an opportunity to move past the grief and loss to reclaim yourself and create a meaningful life beyond your caregiver role. Experienced facilitators will coordinate and offer referrals and resources as needed. Contact Warren at (612) 791-5316 for details.

Memory Minders

Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team and the Ramsey County Library branches in Roseville and Shoreview have combined forces to make dementia-related materials available for caregivers. Memory Minders Kits are special kits for caregivers who are caring for people experiencing memory loss and have been featured on Northeast Journal. They are available at the Ramsey County Library locations in Roseville and Shoreview.

The kits contain materials used to spark memories, create conversations and provide positive and engaging interactions between clients and their caregivers. Kits are divided into high, middle and low activity levels. The majority of kits are for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, but there are kits for people with Lewy Body Dementia and for children who have contact with someone with dementia. 

Currently, more than 100 unique Memory Minders Kits are available for check out three weeks at a time.  They are also renewable and can be requested via the Ramsey County Library catalog. 

 Memory Minders are available on the rclreads.org website.

Memory Minders: Travel Kit

The Memory Minders: Travel Kit contains detailed caregiver checklists and suggestions for safe local and long distance travel with a person living with dementia, plus “take along” documents to help make your travel as smooth as possible. The Travel Kit also includes a handout suggesting ways to hold family celebrations, outings, and holiday gatherings to effectively include persons living with dementia. The kit was prepared by the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team and is available for download here on the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group website.

Memory Minders: Travel Kit – Air Travel addendum contains detailed resources to assist people living with dementia and their care partners/travel companions prepare for and engage in air travel. Topics include: ways dementia symptoms may manifest at the airport, short videos by Teepa Snow demonstrating positive ways to address dementia-related behaviors in the airport, details about the flight process, tools and tips for travel, details for TSA security screening, and more. Click here to get the Memory Minders: Travel Kit - Airport addendum.

Community Resources

Get help to cope with a crisis, with finding food, housing, emotional support, and locating other types of assistance.

Resources

  • Crisis and Referral Services - Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies
  • Food Resources
    • Access to Free Food
    • Access to Groceries
    • Access to Prepared Meals
    • Access to Food Assistance Programs
    • Access to Pet Food and Supplies
  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Emotional Support Resources
  • Scams and the Elderly 
  • COVID-19


Contact Us

Email: RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com 

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  • Interest in learning more about our projects and presentations 
  • Interest in becoming a member of Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Community Action Team