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 with dementia (PWD) and their unpaid caregivers living in Roseville. Rsvl A/D is an alliance of community members, municipal, fire, and police staff, aging services professionals, school district senior program, and county library staff.

Rsvl A/D is a ground-breaking collaboration between a municipality, a library system, and a dementia action group to support family/informal caregivers, PWD, and former caregivers.
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Rsvl A/D’s mission and goals are to improve conditions for PWD and their family/informal caregivers by:
  • Increasing access to programming and supports
  • Expanding education about dementia and caregiving
  • Reducing social isolation

Rsvl A/D’s major accomplishments include:


  • Rsvl A/D maintains an online presence: www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo and on Facebook. The City of Roseville provides technical support for a unique, dementia-centered webpage on its municipal website, demonstrating municipal support for this population. Webpage content is provided by Rsvl A/D. The webpage provides easily accessible information for caregivers and PWD.  Webpage content includes calendars of activities for PWD, support groups, and educational and community events. The calendars are updated every month.
  • Rsvl A/D organizes speakers on dementia and caregiving topics:
    • Dementia: Caring & Coping, a monthly speaker series on dementia-related topics, in partnership with the Ramsey County Library system and Roseville. Handouts, resources, and event videotapes are posted on the Rsvl A/D webpage for additional access by caregivers and the community.
    • Special Events - examples of presentations in 2018:
      • Advance Care Planning
      • Alzheimer’s Disease: New Approaches to Treatment and Prevention
      • Assistive Technology Resource Fair
  • Ramsey County Library System - Rsvl A/D partnership to develop original resources for caregivers:
    • Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers (developed with Rsvl A/D). Kits contain resources and activities for checkout by patrons.
      • For caregivers of and people with Alzheimer’s disease
      • For caregivers of and people with Lewy Body Dementia
      • For children who have contact with people with dementia
These kits are being replicated across the US and Canada.

    • Memory Minders: Travel Kits (developed by Rsvl A/D)
      Kits contain tips for local and extended travel with someone with dementia, for free distribution to patrons.

    • Caregiver Book Collections - available at two branches of the Ramsey County Library
  • Rsvl A/D in partnership with the Roseville Area Senior Program
    • Former Dementia Caregivers Re-Entry Initiative: a support group to explore and address needs of caregivers after their care partner dies.

    • Construction of a caregiver’s survey, which is available upon request at RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com The survey was developed by members of Rsvl A/D in 2013 based on questions adapted with permission by Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, Families and Long-Term Care Projects, University of Minnesota and original contributions from members of Rsvl A/D. Actionable items are easily identified based on survey responses. Information available includes, but is not limited to:
      • Types of dementia in the surveyed population
      • Identifying details for caregiver and care recipient (e.g. age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, employment status, etc.)
      • Status of legal documents for caregiver and care recipient
      • Use of identification devices by care recipient and caregiver
      • Activities shared by care recipient and caregiver
      • Responsibilities as a caregiver – current and anticipated
      • Anticipated need(s) for assistance in caregiving
The survey is useful for individual caregivers and as a planning tool for service providers.
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2014 - 2015: Awarded ACT on Alzheimer’s grant money as the Rsvl A/D’s ACT on Alzheimer’s project. This funding allowed Roseville to join a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration of more than 60 organizations preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and financial impacts of Alzheimer’s. 

The two foci of the grant were: 
  • General education to reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Increase support services for unpaid A/D caregivers
Rsvl A/D has been fortunate to have contributions and partnerships with additional individuals and groups. Examples include:
  • Flyers for Rsvl A/D activities and the webpage designed by Roseville City Council member Lisa Laliberte.
  • Logo for Rsvl A/D designed by Garry Bowman, Roseville Communications Manager. The logo incorporates the official rose, symbol of the City of Roseville, the common name of our group, Rsvl A/D, and the color purple, which is used by dementia action groups around the world.
  • Collaborations on events and materials with Roseville Area Senior Program staff, Roseville Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT) members, and others.

Join Us


Rsvl A/D is an unprecedented collaboration between a municipality, a library system, and a dementia action group to support family/informal caregivers and people with dementia (PWD). 

Rsvl A/D members meet monthly to plan and implement programs and events. Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month 9:00 to 11:00/11:30 A.M. If there is a holiday conflict, e.g. New Year’s Day, meetings are on the second Friday of that month.
Meetings are in Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113.

We welcome new Rsvl A/D participants to help us work on these projects and suggest additional actions.

Why


The Roseville A/D Community Action Team was formed because:
  • Roseville has the largest population over 65 of any municipality in Minnesota.
  • The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia increases with age.
  • The incidence of young (early) onset Alzheimer’s (onset younger than age 65) is increasing.
  • We recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
  • We recognize that this disease does not discriminate by age, economic status, or culture.
  • We recognize the burden Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impose on those with the disease and their unpaid caregivers.
  • We recognize the need for community education to reduce the stigma and improve conditions for everyone impacted by the disease.
  • We recognize the need for proactive planning for additional aging services that will be needed by impacted individuals.

Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Quick Facts


  • Total Roseville population (2010 Census): 33,660
  • Persons ≥65+: 6,785
  • Estimated number of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia cases in the Roseville population aged 65 years and older: 746
  • Estimated number of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia cases in the Roseville population aged 65 years and older who are living alone: 112

What You Can Do


Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia


Support actions that reduce the stigma and improve living conditions for impacted individuals


Volunteer


  • The GatheringLyngblomsten’s nationally recognized volunteer respite program, provides a day of stimulating activities for those experiencing memory loss and five hours of respite for their caregivers. To learn how to volunteer for or participate in The Gathering, contact Betsy Hoffman at (651) 414-5291 or bhoffman@lyngblomsten.org. The Gathering needs volunteers to expand in Roseville.
  • P.S. I Understand, Wilder Foundation Caregiver Services’ peer mentoring program, matches former family caregivers with current caregivers in need of support from someone who can truly understand their situation. Former volunteer caregivers contact their matched caregivers 1-2 times a month through phone call check-ins. To learn how to volunteer for or participate in P.S. I Understand, contact Wilder Caregiver Services 651-280-2273 [CARE] or caregiving@wilder.org.
  • To learn how to participate in Rsvl A/D, contact RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com

Contact Us: RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com