In the final minutes of her biology class, Edina High School (EHS) junior Erika Ding checked her phone while talking to friends about the recent ACT exam they had taken. Just before the bell rang, Ding discovered that the ACT results had been posted online. Her phone revealed her composite score: 36, the highest possible score a student can receive—a perfect score.
“What do you hear in the word elephant, a short e or a long e?” a University of Minnesota graduate student teacher asks a Creek Valley Elementary kindergartener to reemphasize something they just read.
Each day, more than 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, collectively relying on an additional 250,000 Minnesotans to care for and assist them. Although there is no current cure for the disease, treatment and support is available, whether through the national Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s collaborative, or (coming soon) resources right here in Edina.