As part of her effort to change the stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Ecumen’s North Branch facility to talk about Act on Alzheimer’s Oct. 12.

Present at the meeting were North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen-Kennedy and Police Chief Dan Meyer as well as members of the Act on Alzheimer’s team.

Klobuchar discussed how proud she is of the work being done, calling the program, “the best thing going right now.”

Klobuchar has been well documented in her efforts to improve health care for all walks of life. During the government shutdown in 2013, Klobuchar joined Sen. Al Franken in donating their salaries, with Klobuchar stating that hers would go to medical research.

Meyer also gave an update on how he and his team are preparing to help Act on Alzheimer’s. Meyer discussed the Project Lifesaver program, which is aimed at helping families keep tabs on their loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

He also noted that his officers have been training with Lakes Region EMS for search and rescue procedures.