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Focus on families and the community facing Alzheimer’s

We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s as well as community members. Most of these programs, described below, are free of charge.

Spry Society

Life takes turns. It helps to have friends around every corner. Get out, get active and get connected with the Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Social Engagement Program, the Spry Society. The program offers a comfortable way to have fun and socialize with others who are living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment. Enjoy the company of others while you participate in a variety of fun group activities. The Spry Society is a free monthly program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Coventry Village. Registration is required and space is limited. Call Kari Paterson at 608.203.8500 or email for more information.

Spry Society programs:

First Tuesday of the Month at Coventry Village, Madison
7707 Brookline Dr.
Madison, WI 53719
11 a.m.-2 p.m. including lunch

Second Thursday of each Month, Sun Prairie
222 S. Bristol St.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
11 a.m.-2 p.m. including lunch

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease offers information including:
- Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
- How Alzheimer’s affects the brain
- Causes and risk factors
- How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease
- The benefits of early detection
- How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
- Stages of the disease, treatment and hope for the future.
- Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help

Upcoming program:

Thursday March 27 at 1 p.m.
Edgerton Senior Center 313 Stoughton Rd. Edgerton, WI
For more information, contact Dave Thomas at 608.884.9801

Conversations About Dementia

This program offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Upcoming programs:

Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Mount Horeb Library: 105 Perimeter Rd. in Mt. Horeb
For more information, contact Melissa Roelli at 608.437.6264.

Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m.
Janesville Senior Activity Center at 69 S. Water St. in Janesville
For more information, contact Pat Tobin at 608.755.3040.

Monday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Middleton Assisted Living & Memory Care at 6234 Maywood Ave. in Middleton
For more information, contact Lauren Haley at 608.203.8500.

Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m.
The Colonial Club at 301 Blankenheim Ln. in Sun Prairie
For more information, contact Laura Jennings at 608.837.4611.

Living With Alzheimer's: For Caregivers in Early, Middle and Late Stages

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, friends and families have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.  

Upcoming programs:
March 5, March 12 and March 19, 6-8 p.m.
Middleton Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave in Middleton
For more information and to RSVP, contact Kari Paterson at 608.203.8500.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The local office of the Alzheimer’s Association, South Central WI office services 9 counties in the state of Wisconsin. Call 608.203.8500 for more information. Our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 is here to help and offer hope. All day. Every day.



Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.