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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

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

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.

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. 

The below programs take place at Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin St. in Madison:
Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Early Stage
Part 1: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Middle Stage
Part 1: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Late Stage
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 , 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Bonnie Nutt at 608.203.8500.

Other Programs

Tuesday, September 30: 26th Annual Colloquium on Aging
at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI.
Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging, with Speakers, a Poster Session, and a Health & Resource Fair.

Tuesday, October 7: Beloit Senior Fair
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Eclipse Center
3 Eclipse Center
Beloit, WI 53511

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, November 4: The 13th Annual November Lecture
You are invited to this FREE community lecture featuring keynote speaker Maria Carrillo, PhD, Vice President of Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer's Association. The event will also include ADRC researchers, a resource fair and offers .3 CEUs free for health professionals. The Resource Fair begins at 5 pm with speaker presentations beginning at 6 pm. The event will be held at the Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, in Madison. Look for more details as they become available.

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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