Alzheimers

Minnesota Historical Society

The heartbreak of dementia, obviously, is losing the ability to connect with someone you love.

But the solution could soon be in the palm of your hand. 

The Minnesota Historical Society is the first museum outside the UK to adapt the National Museums Liverpool's House of Memories app, a collection of images designed to spark recognition, memories and conversations between folks with dementia and their caregivers or loved ones.

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1 in 9 people over 65 have Alzheimer's disease.

After age 85, 1 in 3 people have it.

But the disease isn't confined to hospitals or nursing homes or even its sufferers: friends, relatives, banks, restaurants, faith communities and more have people grappling with its effects.

And while there's no cure, perhaps the next most important question from anyone whose life is touched by dementia is "Can anyone help?"

And that's what this new initiative, Dementia Friendly Duluth, aims to provide.