Northwoods Caregivers in Bemidji are set to receive more than $77,000 in grant funding from Minnesota’s Board on Aging.
The grants, according to a release from the Department of Human Services, were awarded to 11 agencies to support people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The Board on Aging granted nearly $750,000.
“These funds support not only people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but their family and friends who play such a critical role in caregiving,” said Kari Benson, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging.
“Alzheimer’s alone impacts some 100,000 Minnesotans over age 65– a number that will grow 20 percent by 2025.”
Northwoods Caregivers’ grant funding supports their continued work with dementia outreach, education and support for previously underserved populations, with an emphasis on normalizing early identification and screening tools, caregiving support groups, and through dementia education sessions offered at community health fairs, conferences and gatherings.
Underserved populations include American Indians, LGBTQ folks, and residents in rural communities.