About

The work of ACT on Alzheimer’s succeeds largely because of the passion and commitment of the dementia friendly action communities, Minnesotans, and supporters dedicated to preparing our state for the impacts of Alzheimer's. Nonprofit, governmental, and private organizations along with hundreds of individuals have been ongoing partners in our work. View an infographic that highlights ACT's accomplishments,  check out current and archived ACT-related news items and access an archived participant directory and leadership council roster within ACT's foundational documentation at the Collective Action Lab .

As a statewide collaboration, ACT on Alzheimer’s fosters collective ownership and accountability.  No single organization owns, finances or controls the initiative.  The collaboration works toward five goals while fostering a health equity perspective:  

  • Identify and invest in promising approaches that reduce costs and improve care.
  • Increase detection of Alzheimer’s disease and improve ongoing care and support.
  • Sustain caregivers by offering them information, resources and in-person support.
  • Equip communities to be “dementia capable” to support residents who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma by engaging communities.

Collaborative: Current and Background

During 2017, the transformational work and impact of ACT on Alzheimer's is driving a transition to embedding dementia-related healthcare practice change and community engagement work within commmitted ACT stakeholders. 

2015 saw the culmination of the developmental phase of ACT on Alzheimer's work, which began in June 2011.  In 2016, the work transitioned to implementation, including long-term sustainability, with a three-pronged focus -- community engagement, health care practice change, and health equity integration.

In 2009, to tackle the mounting Alzheimer’s crisis in Minnesota, the Minnesota Legislature charged the Minnesota Board on Aging to establish the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group (ADWG) and make recommendations for policies and programs that would prepare Minnesota for the future. (See legislative specifics about ADWG membership and duties under Section 110.)

The ADWG developed a set of recommendations for the Legislature in January 2011.  A coalition was formed to focus on implementing the recommendations.  Originally called Prepare Minnesota for Alzheimer’s 2020 (PMA 2020), it became ACT on Alzheimer’s.

National Spread

In 2015, 35 national, leading organizations launched Dementia Friendly America. The Dementia Friendly America initiative is applying the tools of ACT on Alzheimer’s to catalyze a movement across America to more effectively support and serve those who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners.