The city of Harmony recently received a grant to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community.
Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The Alzheimer's Association estimates there are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and many thousands more with other dementias. One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease.
Gundersen Harmony Healthcare CEO Tim Samuelson has taken the lead to obtain the funding for the Harmony community. A local citizen's committee is being formed to guide Harmony through a planning process with the ultimate goal to best provide local caring community support for those with dementia and their caregivers.
Harmony joins the seven pilot communities- Cambridge, Forest Lake, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Walker, Willmar and the Twin Cities Jewish Community. In addition to Harmony, the new action communities are in Bemidji, Brainerd/Baxter, Detroit Lakes, Edina, International Fall, Marshall, Northfield, Roseville and St. Paul's northeast neighborhoods.