In an effort to better understand how to be respectful, welcoming and supportive of those living with dementia, the City of Minnetonka, along with members of the Minnetonka Senior Advisory Board and other community members is working to make Minnetonka “dementia friendly.”

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

Steps to Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community

In addition to building awareness about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s, the city is also working to make Minnetonka dementia-friendly by training city staff on how to assist someone dealing with complications from the disease.

Register for Free Training

If you would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s and how to help those with dementia, the city is offering free one-hour training sessions for interested residents, businesses or organizations. The training is based off of materials from the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Visit eminnetonka.com/register and search "dementia" to register for a training, or call Senior Services at 952-939-8393.

Minnetonka Memory Café

A memory café is a welcoming place for people with cognitive impairment 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.

Create: Stay in the moment with an arts activity led by an instructor experienced working with seniors and dementia from the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

Connect: Enjoy coffee, a snack and a chance to socialize and meet other families living with dementia.

Stretch: Try a short exercise activity for people with all abilities designed by the YMCA.

Learn: Check out books, resources and programs about living with dementia from Hennepin County Library and the Minnetonka Community Center.

Relax: A trained nursing assistant or caregiver experienced in helping people living with dementia will be on-site to  
assist individuals as needed.

Register
Call Senior Services at 952-939-8393. Special needs or barriers can be accommodated.

The Minnetonka Memory Café is part of the City of Minnetonka’s continuing efforts to make Minnetonka a more dementia-friendly community. This café is brought to you 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.