Princeton is one of more than 40 action communities throughout Minnesota taking steps to create a dementia-friendly culture, where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.
Our communities must ACT to be ready. Here’s why:
One in nine people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.
One-third of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.
249,000 Caregivers in Minnesota are caring for family members with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Nearly 60% of people with Alzheimer’s live in their own homes and need support from families and community members.
ACT Princeton was established in May of 2017. The ACT Princeton Action Team is made up of dedicated volunteers with various roles in the community. In October and November of 2017 fifty-eight assessments were conducted to find the dementia-friendly goals most important to the Princeton area. By March of 2018, the ACT group developed an action plan, reviewing the priorities and objectives.
The ACT Princeton priority goals from 2017 survey results are:
Raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Providing education about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Supporting family and friend caregivers by providing accessible information, resources, and in-person support.
Action Team at the Panel Discussion Event on September 21, 2019
The ACT Princeton Action Team members represent adult day programs, businesses, community members, community services providers, faith communities, health care community, city and county government, Princeton schools, residential settings, and those who are or have been caregivers to someone living with dementia.
ACT on Alzheimer’s Illustration of a Dementia Friendly Community