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 and Environment has offered Local Public Health Grant funding to support planning, community engagement, and project implementation for healthy aging initiatives since 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. 


2019 Funded Local Public Health Grant Projects

Fairview Health Foundation


Fairview Health Foundation will train new trainers on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Tonic Resiliency. MHFA trainings will provide direct service providers with tools to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse. Fairview will also develop a Tonic Resiliency Education program for older adults to build mind-body resiliency skills to cope with perceived stress. Trainings will be implemented across the County. 
Learn more about MHFA!


Community Thread Stillwater Transportation Bus Loop


Community Thread will support the Stillwater transportation bus loop and creating community connections. This project will help evaluate riders’ experience on the bus, and encourage community members to utilize the bus service. Community Thread’s Executive Director, Sally Anderson, is also coaching a group in Cottage Grove to bring a similar DARTS bus loop to the community. 
Learn more about the Bus Loop!

FamilyMeans Memory Club


FamilyMeans will develop new curriculum for a Memory Club. Memory Club is a 10-week support group that helps people with early stages of dementia and their care partner learn about living with dementia and other support systems in the community. Topics include technology options for aging in place, ways to use art and music in caregiving, understanding changes in Medicare, and more.
Learn more about Memory Club!

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.

Caregivers, community members, and groups are encouraged to watch this video and follow along with the provided slide deck. If you watch this video with a group,let us know how you used it by contacting phe@co.washington.mn.us.

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