About

The work of ACT on Alzheimer’s succeeds largely because of the passion and commitment of the action communities, Minnesotans, and supporters dedicated to preparing our state for the future. 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 in preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  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: In the Present

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

Collaborative: Recent and Background

Since launching ACT on Alzheimer's in June 2011, people from all community sectors have come together to accomplish transformative work in creating supportive environments for those touched by Alzheimer's and related dementias. Read the latest progress report at  ACT on Alzheimer’s Progress Update.

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 is now ACT on Alzheimer’s.

National Spread

In 2015, 35 national, leading organizations launched Dementia Friendly America. The 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.