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2022 Impact Report

A Note from our Board President

On behalf of National Council of Board of Directors, it is my honor to provide the 2022 Impact Report.

In May of 2023, we will celebrate our second anniversary as the nation’s first 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by persons living with dementia. Together we have become a force driving social reform, busting stigma, and transforming the worldview of Neurocognitive Disorders.

Highlights of 2022 Accomplishments

Provided 64 educational opportunities for over 9,000 people in 6 countries including national conferences such as the Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting, National Adult Protective Services Association, Pioneer Network, and Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care.

Engaged over 200 people living with dementia in groups, educational events, meetings, advocacy efforts, research, special projects, and more.

More than doubled the number of Dementia Minds groups from 3 groups to 7 groups with participants from 18 states.

Our groups included:

  • Original Dementia Minds
  • Black Dementia Minds
  • A Brotherhood of Dementia Minds: Learning – Laughter- Loyalty
  • Doctors with Dementia: Flipping the Script
  • Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Dementia Minds Group
  • Region 4 Area Agency on Aging, Michigan, Dementia Minds Group
  • Alpena Senior Center/Besser Senior Living, Michigan, Dementia Minds Group
  • Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, Michigan, Dementia Minds Group

Awarded our first-ever grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund enabling us to develop 4 new Dementia Minds groups.

National Council of Dementia Minds is also pleased to announce a second grant awarded in late 2022. This grant is a two-year grant which will include a needs analysis of persons living with dementia about information and resources needed from the time of diagnosis to one year after diagnosis. Watch for the report of the findings in 2023 followed by the development of resources in 2024.

Sponsored our first Annual Race for the Minds in Billings Montana with several other sponsors and over 150 runners of all ages.

Expanded our Board of Directors beyond the founding members of the board. Monica Downer and Dr. Arnold Beresh joined our efforts to develop and support a national corps of Dementia Minds groups.

You are the Reason for our Success!

National Council of Dementia Minds board of directors expresses our sincere appreciation to each and every person who contributed to our success in 2022. This includes: 

  • Every person living with dementia who participates in groups, meetings, research, or special projects;
  • All the volunteers who donate time, talent, and expertise;
  • The many organizations who host our presentations and invite us to speak at conferences;
  • Professionals who attend our educational events;
  • Colleges, universities, and students who invite us into the classroom;
  • Individuals and organizations who provide financial support;
  • Friends, family, and most especially our care partners.

Together we are achieving our vision: People living with dementia transforming the worldview of Neurocognitive Disorders.

With Appreciation,

Bonnie Erickson

Bonnie Erickson
Board President, National Council of Dementia Minds

Monica Downer
Retired Special Education Teacher
Board Member at Large
Dr. Arnold Beresh, 
Retired Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Board Member at Large


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