Strategies to keep your brain healthy launches 2019 Dementia Caring & Coping series Jan. 10

For the fifth year, a series of dementia education programs will be offered in Roseville starting in January, providing information and strategies to help improve the quality of life for families living with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.  

The first of the Dementia Caring & Coping series  events will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Roseville Library. Called “Healthy Brain: Exercise, Nutrition, Sensitivities ...” it will focus on strategies to maintain a healthy brain, including new information about lifestyle choices people can make.

The library is located at 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

Among the activities to keep or improve brain function are walking, eating a healthy diet, keeping up friendships and becoming a volunteer, researchers have found.

The next event will be Feb. 14 at the library and will examine “Normal Aging or Dementia?” In addition to sorting out the normal memory changes that often come with aging, speakers will talk about the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis.

Doctors find memory and judgment can be affected by medications, depression, stress, alcohol consumption, thyroid problems, lack of sleep, anxiety and other causes, many of them treatable.

The series is sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D), the City of Roseville and Ramsey County Library. Roseville A/D is a volunteer group started in 2013. It includes area residents, representatives of the city and its fire department, Roseville Area Senior Program and senior housing and service providers.

Other programs during the first half of 2019 will explore how to pay for dementia care at home or in assisted living or nursing homes; what to do after getting a diagnosis of dementia; how to get help and support for friends and family caring for a loved one with dementia; and a resource fair displaying products and services that help people live at home longer. 

Programs for the final six months of the year will be announced later. For more information, go to

–Warren Wolfe retired as a reporter at the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging issues and health-policy issues. He lives in Roseville and is active with Roseville A/D.


Dementia Caring & Coping Series


This is the Dementia Caring & Coping schedule for the first half of 2019. All but the June program will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

• Jan. 10 — “Healthy Brain” with three local experts. Learn about lifestyle choices you can make to preserve or improve healthy brain function.

• Feb. 14 — “Normal Aging or Dementia?” Memory loss is not necessarily dementia. Learn the importance of an accurate diagnosis.

• March 14 — “How to Pay for Care: Leveraging Benefits and Assets.” Learn the importance of financial planning for long-term care, including benefits and costs of various types of public and private pay.

• April 11 — “After a Diagnosis: I’m More Than a Symptom.” Resources for you and your support circle to live a purposeful life after a diagnosis of dementia.

• May 9 — “Energizing Care Partners.” What are respite services and how do they enhance everyone’s wellbeing?

• June 13 — “Resources to Remain Independent: A Resource Fair.” Discover products and services available nearby to help you live your best life. Held at the Roseville Skating Center, 2661 Civic Center Dr., 1 to 4 p.m.


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