Healthy Aging

Washington County Public Health and Environment is dedicated to serving residents across the lifespan. The County recognized the need to “identify and provide access to services that meet the needs and expectations of our changing community” as a strategy in the 2013-2020 Strategic and Implementation Plan. In response to this strategy, Public Health & Environment has offered Local Public Health Grant funding to support planning, community engagement, and project implementation for healthy aging initiatives in 2018. Public Health and Environment also hosts an internal work-group, to bring together departments working across the County to provide services to aging residents. Contact phe@co.washington.mn.us for more information. 

Local Public Health Grant Projects 2018


FamilyMeans Memory Cafés

: A memory café is a safe place where people with a dementia diagnosis and their caregivers can learn about community resources, connect with others, and enjoy time together in a relaxed atmosphere. Join in at Hy-Vee Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo Inn, R.H. Stafford Library, and walk the paths at the Rice Lake Centre in Hugo. For more information visit, FamilyMeans or find Memory Cafes across MN!

The Vital Aging Network

: VAN expanded Wellness 50+ efforts across the County to build community-based wellness initiatives led by self-directed teams of people 50-plus. Vital Aging Network concentrates on engaging active, civically-engaged older adults through their Wellness 50+ program. Wellness 50+ groups meet in the following communities: Forest Lake, Stillwater, Oakdale, Woodbury, and Cottage Grove. Visit http://www.vital-aging-network.org/ for more information. 

Re-Imagine Dementia

: Angela Lunde, Associate of Neurology at Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, spoke to community members about re-imagining dementia. The session inspired caregivers and friends to view individuals with dementia with well-being as the primary outcome. In the United States, 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, the most prevalent form of dementia. In Minnesota, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s will grow from 92,000 to 120,000 by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association Disease 2017 Facts and Figures.

We encourage caregivers, community members, and groups to watch this video and follow along with the provided slide deck. If you watch this video with a group, please let us know how you utilized it by contacting phe@co.washington.mn.us.

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