Care to Plan is the Information Hub for  the Dementia – Community Action Network of Central Minnesota.

Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of the Dementia Community Action Network of  Central Minnesota is to improve access to quality dementia care in our community.

Our vision is our community becoming a place where no one has reason to fear dementia, memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease ever again.

We commit to act on behalf of our community guided by these values and principles

  • All persons deserve prompt, high quality medical care including care for all stages of any dementia condition and with compassion and opportunity for continuation of social engagement for as long as possible
  • Care partners (caregivers) of persons living with dementia (PLWD) including family, friends, acquaintances, dementia services professionals and clinicians deserve consistent and ample support of community resources as each works to maintain the best health and quality of life possible
  • Dementia professionals and community will communicate with PLWD and their care partners with careful adherence to Dr. Allen Power’s seven domains of wellbeing that recognize the importance of Identity, Connectedness, Security, Autonomy, Meaning, Growth and Joy for each and every Person experiencing Cognitive Decline (Mild Cognitive Impairment) and Dementia.
  • People feel much less fear when dealing with something that they know and understand
  • Dementia prevention and optimization are more effective than any drugs developed so far and insurance reimbursement should reflect this
  • The status quo for dementia care and management is outdated and has not kept up with medical center research findings
  • Our medical care reimbursement model is outdated and inadequate for supporting up to date best practices for quality dementia care
  • Well supported care partners and PLWD will have greater health spans and suffer much less morbidity
  • Our social and medical communities need to effectively collaborate to provide optimal community engagement and live at home time for people living with Dementia
  • Optimal social and clinical support of people living with Dementia and their care companions will save health care resources while also supporting primary care and specialty dementia clinicians dealing with ever increasing complex care
  • There are many benefits to early dementia diagnosis and the management of mild cognitive impairment
  • There is a lot that can be done for persons diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia