Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults. Living Healthy in Washington County works with health systems and community partners to keep older adults safe and independent. Expected growth in Minnesota’s older population also means a growth in Minnesotans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Minnesota’s senior population is expected to grow tremendously over the next 20 years
The Minnesota State Demographer anticipates the state’s 65+ population will increase by 41 percent from 2010 to 2020, resulting in about 970,000 older adults
By 2030, the 65+ population will surge to 1.26 million
⇒ To work with community partners to implement healthy lifestyle strategies and create supportive environments for aging adults.
Memory Minder Kits are now available to check out in libraries across Washington County. With support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Washington County Library developed the kits in partnership with Washington County Public Health & Environment, FamilyMeans, and ACT on Alzheimer’s.
A Memory Minder Kit is a collection of items meant to trigger memories of life experiences. This helps encourage positive and engaging interactions for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias and their caregivers. Kits were created with different stages of dementia in mind. However, each kit can be adapted by caregivers to meet individual needs. There are 39 unique kits varying in topic and early, middle, and late stages. Each kit will include a book, puzzle or game, conversational cards, and a cd/dvd.