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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 kpaterson@alz.org 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 June 19, 10-11 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter office: 7818 Big Sky Drive in Madison, 2nd floor conference room
Reservations encouraged: Contact Kari Paterson at kpaterson@alz.org or 608.203.8500.


Know the 10 Signs


This interactive workshop identifies the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and the benefits of early detection. Separate myth from reality and address commonly held fears about Alzheimer's in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs.

Upcoming programs:

Thursday, June 19, 1-2 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter office: 7818 Big Sky Drive in Madison, 2nd floor conference room
Reservations encouraged: Contact Kari Paterson at kpaterson@alz.org or 608.203.8500.

Tuesday, July 15, 10-11 a.m.
West Madison Senior Coalition: 602 Sawyer Terrace in Madison
Reservations encouraged: Contact Kari Paterson at kpaterson@alz.org or 608.203.8500.


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:

Friday, June 20, Noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn!
Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter office: 7818 Big Sky Drive in Madison, 2nd floor conference room 
Reservations encouraged: Contact Kari Paterson at kpaterson@alz.org or 608.203.8500.

Thursday, June 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Faith Gardens: 35 Tower Drive in Sun Prairie
Reservations encouraged: Contact Rachel at 608.834.3178.


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. For more information about upcoming programs, 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.

 


 

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