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.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.