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Columbia - Journey Enrichment

For persons with early-stage memory loss. A supportive, relaxed environment in which to share information, explore feelings and develop strategies for life with memory loss. 

10 am  - 12 Noon

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for 10 sessions, July – December

Alzheimer’s Association Education Center, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201

Pre-Registration Required                                                                             

For Eligibility Guidelines call Janie Bonham or Pam Richmond, 573-443-8665


Springfield - Early Stage Education and Support Classes

The purpose of the Early Stage Education and Support Program is to provide a safe and supportive environment of peers who are living in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their care partners. This program offers dementia-related education, emotional support, and connections with resources so that the members may enhance their lives in the midst of the disease.

The program is led by qualified facilitators and each person participating is encouraged to enhance their lives by developing problem-solving and coping skills, establishing a support system, maintaining physical and emotional health, and planning for the future.

Classes held on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W Elfindale, Springfield, MO 65807

There is no charge for these classes.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Marci McKie at 417-886-2199 or 800-272-3900 to register.

August 6, 2013        Introduction/Overview
Week one focuses on introductions and getting to know the group and its members. Significant time will be devoted to introductions and learning more about each member, including personal histories and stories of getting diagnosed.   
August 13, 2013      Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss
In week two, the topic is “Aging, Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. There is quite a bit of material to help families and a person with dementia understand the disease and its effect on the brain.

August 20, 2013      Partnering With Your Doctor / Effective Communication
Developing a working relationship with your doctor  is a very important part of managing your illness. It can take some time. However, it is very important that your doctor gets to know you 

August 27, 2013      Telling Others About The Diagnosis: Family and Friends
When you learn that you have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, you may not believe it, or you may feel overwhelmed, confused or angry. You may be hesitant to tell your family and friends about your diagnosis due to concerns about how they will react. You may not want sympathy or help, but you may want the people that you are close to know because you care about them.

September 3, 2013            Legal and Financial Issues / Playing It Safe
There are a number of legal and financial documents that will help you formalize you plans and wishes. Taking the time to put these documents in place now will be a big help to you and your family in the future. Playing it Safe will cover topics such as “At Home and Away” and “To Drive or Not To Drive”.

September 10, 2013           Daily Strategies
Alzheimer’s disease affects different parts of your brain so, although you may not clearly remember things from your past, you may not remember recent events or schedules. This topic will cover several strategies for coping with Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2013           Coping With Changes / Opportunities For Supporting Research
You are learning about your disease and about what you can and cannot do. You may feel worried, angry or sad. In this class we will talk about these feelings, how to cope with them, and knowing that these feelings are normal. This session will also talk about the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This is a few service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria and location. Right now, more than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers.

September 24, 2013            End of Group Issues and Staying Connected
Recapping the events of the previous weeks, sharing experiences, discussing challenges and solutions. Stigma associated with a diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a topic of particular interest to people in early stages. Stigma can be the reason why some people delay getting an evaluation by a medical professional. Raising awareness reduces stigma and engages others to raise funds and change public policy.


Online Education

Know the 10 Signs (online)

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging.  If you are interested in learning more or if you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, engage in this interactive workshop to understand the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, separate myth from reality and hear directly from people impacted by Alzheimer’s. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.

The Basics (online)

This interactive workshop provides information about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, causes and risk factors, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, how to get a thorough diagnosis, the stages of the disease and treatments that can help. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Legal/Financial (online)

For people living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in their families, planning for the future needs to be done as early in the disease process as possible.  Learn what legal and financial issues to consider, what programs are available to help, and how to put plans in place.

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Living with Alzheimer’s: for People with Alzheimer’s disease (online)

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions about how to plan and cope.  What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need?   This is an opportunity to hear from others who have been where you are now and to learn what you need to know and plan as you take steps to navigate this chapter of your life. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage (online)

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, family members wonder how to incorporate the disease into future planning. This program provides insights from professionals and from other care partners about how to successfully establish a care team that helps everyone involved navigate the course of the disease together. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage (online)

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers take a more hands-on role in providing care and support for someone with Alzheimer’s. Learn tips and techniques from professionals and peers to help ease daily life for all involved.  Hear helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late Stage (online)

The late stage of Alzheimer’s may involve significant changes in how the person with the disease is cared for.  Caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting.   You’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection to ease the transitions that come with the late stage of the disease. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Living with Alzheimer’s: Younger Onset (online)

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young…does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help?  Hear how others with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s are dealing with work and family issues, learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease. 

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


Kids and Teens (online)

This program provides resources to help kids and/or teens learn about Alzheimer’s disease and understand how it affects them. It’s important for kids/teens to know that they are not alone. Alzheimer’s changes the lives of everyone it touches.  The program includes videos made with kids/teens to learn about the disease and hear about how other kids/teens are coping with it.

Education programs offered online are available 24/7 for your convenience.


About the Alzheimer's Education Center
The Alzheimer’s Association has expanded programming space to meet the growing need for education and trainings in Alzheimer care and support. Many programs, support groups and trainings will now take place at the Alzheimer’s Education Center, located in the lower level of the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-Missouri Chapter office in Columbia.

Alzheimer’s Association Education Center
2400 Bluff Creek Drive
Columbia, MO 65201

Furnishings provided by grants from and Columbia Northwest Rotary.



Alzheimer's Association

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