DEMENTIA

Donations for Dementia Raises Money for Thompson Howard Home

They're hoping to raise 6,000

FARGO, N.D. — Thompson Howard Home, a new project still in the works, held its first fundraising event called Donations for Dementia. They’re hoping to raise $6,000 and bring awareness to their holistic care model. Money will go toward getting the project going and for the construction site. The founder has a background in nursing and long term care. “I…

Hockey Pioneer, Former Roseau Mayor And Businessman Passes Away

Bernie Burggraf, who suffered from dementia, had been in an assisted living center in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A pioneer in the hockey world and original host of “Face Off” on 740 The FAN has died. Bernie Burggraf, who suffered from dementia, had been in an assisted living center in West Fargo. He was a long-time businessman in Roseau, Minnesota where he established a grocery store, sporting goods store and Burggraf’s Menswear until his…

Red River Valley Memory Cafe Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The two founders started the organization as a way for those with a dementia diagnosis to feel less isolated

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley is celebrating its one year anniversary. The organization’s founders started the cafe last year when they realized many people who have dementia deal with isolation, fear and the stigma around their disease. The Memory Cafe has helped people who suffer from memory loss through education, the creative arts and socialization….

Memory Cafe Provides Sense of Community, Resources for Those Struggling With Alzheimer’s

The program is also meant to help the caregivers of those with the disease

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — More than 14,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in North Dakota. Now a church in Grand Forks is trying to help out not just those with the disease, but their caregivers as well. Sue Fagerholt has a few titles under her belt including mother, wife and a few years ago she added a new one: caregiver….

Klobuchar Highlights Bill Aimed to Help Find Missing People

Project Lifesaver device will help locate those who have a high risk of wandering away from home

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar aims to make it easier for law enforcement to find people who have wandered away from home. Children with developmental disabilities and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease have a high risk of wandering. “We have heard in our office about these cases where people are just scared to death. This is…

Boston University Study: Concussions Don’t Lead to CTE

CTE is a condition that can only be diagnosed upon death

  NATIONAL — A new study is shedding some light on the theory over concussions and a neurodegenerative disease. Researchers at Boston University say they do not believe concussions lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE can cause a number of cognitive issues and show dementia and Alzheimer’s-related symptoms. Researchers say CTE is caused by repeated head trauma, regardless…

Found: Missing Elderly Fargo Man

Fargo Police say a motorist in Moorhead located Mr. Morrison. He is safe.

(UPDATE) – Ralph Morrison was found safe by a motorist in Moorhead who saw a social media post. — Fargo, ND — Fargo Police are asking for the public’s help finding an elderly Fargo man. 81 year old Ralph C. Morrison was reported missing  at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. Morrison is 5’6″, 135 lbs. with brown, balding hair…

Minnesota Adding Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana

The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota health officials are adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. The health commissioner says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added. Some of…

DAPL Protester Accused of Abuse Makes Plea

The elderly woman was taken to the hospital during a blizzard in December where staff said she was frail and malnourished

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A Las Vegas woman accused of abusing her elderly mother during the pipeline protests has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Kathleen Bennett left her 82-year-old mother, who has dementia, tied to a chair while she attended demonstrations. The elderly woman was taken to the hospital during a blizzard in December where staff said she was…

Missing Thief River Falls Man Found Dead

Orvin Sund was found in a building during a search of his building

  THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — An elderly Thief River Falls man who went missing on Tuesday, has been found dead. Orvin Sund, 80, who suffered from dementia, was reported missing around 11 a.m. from his home on Conley Avenue. Police asked the community to look for Sund last night. He was found dead in a building on his property…