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All Education Programs are free. 

Click on the calendar above for a list of current Education Programs.

Please call the office to register in advance.

We offer several educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as community members. 

 

Early Stage Education & Support Classes - Springfield

Have you, a loved one, or a friend been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?

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.

This is an eight week program.  Classes held on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W Elfindale, Springfield, MO

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Marci McKie at 800-272-3900.

May 7, 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.   
   
May 14, 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.

May 21, 2013      Partnering With Your Doctor / Effictive 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  

May 28, 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.

June 4, 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”.

June 11, 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

June 18, 2013 -- CANCELLED--   Coping With Changes / Opportunities For Supporting Research - this subject will be covered in another class
                           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.

June 25, 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.

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

                 There is no charge for these classes 
                  Light refreshments will be served
          Pre-registration is required. Contact Marci McKie at 800 272 3900


Early Stage Education & Support Classes - Branson

Have you, a loved one, or a friend been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?

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.

This is a six week program. Classes held on Wednesday's from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the Taneyhills Community Library, Fourth & Pacific, Branson, MO

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Marci McKie at 800-272-3900.

May 1, 2013 Introduction/Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss
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.  And the topic “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.

May 8, 2013 Partnering With Your Doctor / Effictive 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

May 15, 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.

May 22, 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”.

May 29, 2013 Daily Strategies/Coping With Changes
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. 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.

June 5, 2013 Opportunities For Supporting Research
 This session will talk about the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This is a free 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.

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Marci McKie at 800-272-3900.

 

Early Stage Education & Support Classes - Joplin

Have you, a loved one, or a friend been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?

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.

This is a six week program. Classes held on Thursday's from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the George A Spiva Center for the Arts/Library Room, 222 W 3rd, Joplin, MO

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Marci McKie at 800-272-3900.

May 9, 2013 Introduction/Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss
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. And the topic “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.

May 16, 2013 Partnering With Your Doctor / Effictive 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

May 23, 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.

June 6, 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”.

June 13, 2013 Daily Strategies/Coping With Changes
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. 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.

June 20, 2013  Opportunities For Supporting Research
This session will talk about the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This is a free 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.

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

You must pre-register for these classes by calling Marci McKie at 800-272-3900.


 


Memories in the Makingtm

Memories in the Making™ is centered on the expression of creativity through the medium of painting. The “Memories” program is tailored to the needs and limitations of people affected by short term memory difficulties. The artists are provided with a safe, supportive environment aimed at enabling the individual to focus on their creative process. Memories in the Making™ differs from traditional arts and crafts offered for the elderly because it focuses on creative expression. The artist directs the art forms created. The process is tailored to provide structure and support for the artist while at the same time allowing them to create their own message on the paper. It is not unusual for them to paint memories from long ago or something they can no longer find the words to express.

Classes are held in Joplin at the Spiva Art Center the First and Third Thursday of each month, March through November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

If interested in classes being held at other locations, please contact us. 

Cost: FREE

For more information, please contact Marci McKie at 800-272-3900 or email Marci at Marci.McKie@alz.org

Funding provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the U.S. Administration on Aging 

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