Highlights from our Alzheimer’s Talk with Senator Amy Klobuchar and Olivia Mastry:
Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota joined us at the top of the call to discuss her work in the Senate to stop Alzheimer’s, for example increasing NIH funding for Alzheimer’s research and caregiver tax-credits – and the importance that this be a bi-partisan effort. We’re grateful for her efforts and for joining us.
We then spoke with Olivia Mastry, executive director of ACT on Alzheimer’s, which has helped 32 communities around Minnesota take steps to become “dementia-friendly.” ACT on Alzheimer’s is a collaborative of 60 public and private organizations and hundreds of individuals. They have developed resources that any community can use to raise awareness and support both patients and caregivers. Here are just some of the key points Olivia Mastry addressed in our conversation:
- A dementia-friendly community is defined as one that is informed, safe, respectful and that fosters quality of life for people with dementia and their family caregivers.
- ACT on Alzheimer’s has developed a toolkit based on research and best practices so that anyone can make their community or part of their community dementia-friendly.
- They identified four-stages, and offer resources at each step to help communities come together, identify their needs, create goals, and take action.
- We have provided meaningful access to communities for people with physical disabilities, it’s now time to do the same thing for those with cognitive impairments.
If you missed the talk – or would like to hear it again – you can listen to an audio playback of this inspiring conversation.
Next week, we’ll be talking about Alzheimer’s research and drugs in the pipeline with Dr. Howard Fillit of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation – an organization focusing on prevention and providing critical seed funding to scientific entrepreneurs conducting breakthrough drug discovery and clinical research. Don’t forget to sign up!