Providing opportunities for education is important to us at Memory Café of the Red River Valley.  The following links provide resources to learn more about memory loss and living well with dementia.

Local Resources:

Comprehensive Resource Guide for Elders and their Families in Cass and Clay County – Hard copies of the resource guide are available through Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley. Website:;

Southeast Human Service Center (SEHSC) Phone – 701-298-4500 or 1-855-462-5465. Address – 2624 9th Ave S. Fargo, ND 24 hour crisis line – 701-298-4500.   Suicide Prevention: 1-800-TALK (8255). Address – 2624 9th Ave South, Fargo, ND.

Aging and Disability Resource LINK ( – An online database of services and providers in North Dakota.

Family Caregiver Support Program – Provides free respite care for limited number of hours/week. Respite Care coordinator – Suzi Effertz, Aging Services Program Administrator 701-298-4420 Email: Website:…/fact-sheet-family-caregiver-support-program.pdf

Additional Aging Services from SEHSC (some available on sliding fee scale or free) include:

  • Home and community-based long-term care services paid for by Medicaid, Service Payments for the Elderly and Disabled (SPED), and the Expanded-SPED programs
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman program
  • Older Americans Act services: assistive devices, senior meals, health screenings, elder legal assistance, options counseling, and Senior Companion program
  • Senior Community Services Employment Program
  • Telecommunications equipment distribution program
  • Vulnerable Adult Protective Services
  • Dementia care

Minnesota’s Senior LinkAge Line – A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors. Phone – 1-800-333-2433; Veteran’s Linkage Line – 1-888-546-5838; Website:

Senior Connections – Social, education, recreation program for MN seniors over the age of 55 years old. Noon meal. Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead.  Julie Marxen, Program Coordinator. Phone – 218-299-5514

Valley Senior Services (North Dakota residents) – Resource specialists, community dining program, Meals-On-Wheels, Nutrition program, transportations services. Phone – 701-293-1440; Website –; email:

Dementia Care Services Program – Alzheimer’s Association – Care consultation for individuals and families, education, 24/7 Helpline – 800-272-3900, MedicAlert+Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return, support groups. Website:

Lutheran Social Services – Senior companions, Volunteer Companions, Aging Life Care Management, Volunteer Connections. Address-3911 20th Ave S. Fargo, ND; Phone –701-235-7341 Website –

NDAD – North Dakota Association for the Disabled. North Dakota residents. Direct Financial Assistance program for wide variety of uses including prescriptions, medical equipment, out-of-town medical travel expenses, home and vehicle accessibility, personal attendant care expenses, in-town accessible transportation fees, adaptive recreational activities; Healthcare equipment loan program; financial loan program for assistive devises; information and referral services; advocacy; community fundraising projects. Address:  21 University Dr. N. Fargo; Phone – 701-281-8215 or 888-363-6323; Website:

Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Adult Outreach Services – (ND residents only). Program Coordinator – Pam Smith Phone – 701-665-4401; Website:; Email:

Veteran Administration Services – Cass County Veterans Service Officer – 701-241-5745; Clay County Veterans Service Officer – 218-299-5041

Medicaid/QSP Services – See Comprehensive Resource Guide (listed above)

AARP – Wide range of supportive services and aging resources. Website:

Resources for Advance Care Planning

  • Sanford Health  701-234-6980
  • Essentia Health  888-993-4274
  • HRRV Compass Program  701-356-1500

Advance directive for dementia


“Creating Moments of Joy” – Jolene Brackey

“What The Hell Happened To My Brain? Living Beyond Dementia” – Kate Swaffer

“Love, Loss, and Laughter, Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently” – Cathy Greenblat, PhD

“A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” – Daniel Potts, MD, Ellen Woodward Potts

“Second Forgetting, Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Diseae” – Dr. Benjamin Mast

“My Journey Into Alzheimer’s Disease, Helpful Insights for Family and Friends” A true story by Robert Davis

“Rethinking Alzheimer’s Care” – Sam Fazio, Dorothy Seman, Jane Stansell

“Grandpa and Lucy, A Story About Love and Dementia” (children’s book) — Edie Weinstein

“The End of Alzheimer’s, The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline” – Dale Bredesen, MD

“The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care” and “The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities” – Virginia Bell, David Troxel, Tonya Cox, Robin Hamon

“The Four Things That Matter Most, A Book About Living” – Ira Byock, MD

“21 Days to Resilience” How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self”- Dr Zelana Montminy

“Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End” – Atul Gawande

“Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out” – Richard Taylor PhD

“Love, Life, Loss – A Roller Coaster of Poetry” Volume 2: Days with Dementia” – Kate Swaffer

“Dementia Beyond Drugs – Changing The Culture of Care” – G. Allen Power, M.D. Foreword by Kate Swaffer and William H. Thomas

“Diagnosed with Alzheimers or Other Dementia: What’s Next?” – Kate Swaffer and Lee-Fay Low

“The Gift of Years, Growing Older Gracefully” – Joan Chittister


Erin Bonnito

“Erin Bonitto is a sought-after speaker, educator and dementia communication coach. The founder of Gemini Consulting, Erin is renowned as the innovator of Life Enrichment Systems for Dementia, a dementia education, programming and skill coaching framework.” (

Senior Moments vs. Memory Loss

How Memory Changes with Dementia

Jolene Brackey

“Author and nationwide speaker, Jolene Brackey, will help you through the everyday battles of Alzheimer’s with practical wisdom, encouragement, and humor.” (enhanced

Creating Moments of Joy Preview

Jolene’s website

Kate Swaffer

“My site is committed to meaningful dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders about the critical issues impacting a person living with a diagnosis of dementia and their families and close friends. For those new to this site, I live with a younger onset dementia, diagnosed at the age of 49.” (

The Power of Language

Kate’s website

Kate’s Organization: Dementia Alliance International

Dementia Action Alliance: Words Matter

Lori La Bey- Alzheimer’s Speaks

“Lori La Bey is a passionate and inspiring keynote speaker and the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota based advocacy group and media outlet making an international impact by providing education and supportfor those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. Her own mother struggled with dementia for over 30 years. Her radio show is also believed to be the first program dedicated to dementia in the world,along with the first webinar series called, “Dementia ChatsTM,” whose experts are those diagnosed with the disease.” (

Person-centered Alzheimer’s Care

Lori’s Website: Alzheimer’s Speaks

Teepa Snow – Positive Approach to Care (PAC)

Teepa and her PAC team strive to teach practical skills to care partners in order to provide more individualized care for those living with dementia. Many excellent videos available free on her website or on YouTube. Website:

Alzheimer’s Association – www.

Glen Campbell’s wife’s website:

Dementia Products/Games/Activities/Supplies:

Aromatherapy Training and Consultation Services (Certified) – Jodi Baglien. Website: Phone – 612-802-9483 (Osseo, MN)

Home Safety Checklist:

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