In an ongoing effort to be welcoming and supportive of those living with dementia, we're working to make Minnetonka a dementia-friendly community.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a dementia-friendly community is defined as one that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families, provides supportive options and fosters quality of life.
Characteristics of dementia-friendly communities include:
- Dementia-aware local government services, planning and emergency response
- Dementia-aware and responsive legal and financial planning
- Dementia-friendly public environments and accessible transportation
- Health care that promotes early diagnosis and uses dementia care best practices along the care continuum
- Residential settings that offer memory loss services and supports
- Support options for independent living and meaningful community engagement
- Welcoming and supportive faith communities
- Welcoming, supportive and trained city staff
To learn more about Alzheimer’s and how to help those with dementia, Minnetonka offers free one-hour training sessions for interested residents, businesses and organizations. Our training practices are guided by the National Alzheimer’s Association.
Visit minnetonkamn.gov/register and search "dementia" to register for a training, or call Senior Services at 952-939-8393.
A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with dementia and their caregivers to socialize and share experiences. This café experience is facilitated by a licensed social worker from Senior Community Services.
- First Tuesday of every month
1:30 - 3 p.m.
- Third Tuesday of every month
10 - 11:30 a.m.
- Minnetonka Community Center, Minnetonka Mills Room, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
- Call Senior Services at 952-939-8393.
- Register Online
The Minnetonka Memory Café is sponsored by the City of Minnetonka, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka Senior Services, Ridgedale YMCA and Senior Community Services.