People in our programs have reported an increased understanding and acceptance of memory loss, and improved mood and morale from the sense of camraderie. Family members report feeling less isolated and gaining knowledge about coping with the early symptoms of AD. They also appreciate ideas for discussion and future planning that include the person with the disease, which is no longer possible in its later stages.
Being diagnosed with dementia does not mean one's life is “over.” Just as life goes on, so should experiences that focus on the positive aspects of life that are possible after diagnosis. People living with early stage dementia also consistently express the wish to steer clear of the negative aspects of their lives, preferring to focus on capability rather than disability. Adult education courses, offered through the St. Louis chapter, can help them do this.
“Activities that offer stimulation, socialization, purpose and dignity are vital for people with dementia since they are experiencing so many complex emotions and changes,” says Deb Bryer, early stage coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter.
The classes are educational and are taught by professional instructors; they just move at a pace that will be comfortable for people with mild memory loss. These classes are being offered because there is some scientific evidence that staying mentally active may be beneficial for maintaining brain health, and is definitely beneficial in improving quality of life. Also, the classes provide an opportunity for meaningful activities that are often not available to people with memory loss.
We are excited to announce the opening of two new adult education programs for people with mild memory loss. Through these programs, people with memory loss can take classes in subjects like music appreciation, art, photography, world travel, theater, and Missouri history.
The adult education courses are made possible by grant funding from the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Administration on Aging (AOA). N
Tuition is $120 per person (10 classes). Scholarships are available for those with need.
A pre-registration interview is required.
Call the St. Louis Chapter at 314.432. 3422 or 800.272.3900 with questions or to register.
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