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Get the emotional support you need

We have many support groups, at various times and locations. Check below to see if there is a group close to you that fits your needs.

If you prefer, call our 24-hour Helpline — 1.800.272.3900.

Early Stage Education & Support Classes

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.
The program is led by qualified facilitators and each person participating is encouraged to enhance their lives 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.

Contact Marci McKie at 417-886-2199 or 800-272-3900 to register.

SPRINGFIELD

Classes held on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W Elfindale, Springfield, MO

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           Coping With Changes / Opportunities For Supporting Research
                           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.

 

JOPLIN

Classes held on Thursday's from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W Third St, 2nd Floor Library, Joplin, MO

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.  We will also discuss, “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. We will also discuss how "communication" becomes compromised and effective strategies to alleviate frustrations that go along with this. 

May 23, 2013 Telling Others About The Diagnosis: Family and Friends - Our important Relaationships
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 also may not remember recent events or schedules. This topic will cover several strategies for coping with Alzheimer’s learning about your disease and about what you can and cannot do. You may feel worried, angry or sad. In the second part of 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, End of Group Issues and Staying Connected
This session will talk about the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This is a 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. We will also re-cap the events of the previous weeks, sharing experiences, discussing challenges and solutions and share opportunities for staying connected.

 

BRANSON

Classes held on Wednesday's from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the Taneyhills Community Library, Fourth and Pacific, Branson, MO

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. We will also discuss, “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. We will also discuss how "communication" becomes compromised and effective strategies to alleviate frustrations that go along with this.

May 15, 2013 Telling Others About The Diagnosis: Family and Friends - Our important Relationships
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 also may not remember recent events or schedules. This topic will cover several strategies for coping with Alzheimer’s learning about your disease and about what you can and cannot do. You may feel worried, angry or sad. In the second part of 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, End of Group Issues and Staying Connected
This session will talk about the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch. This is a freeservice 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. We will also re-cap the events of the previous weeks, sharing experiences, discussing challenges and solutions and share opportunities for staying connected.


 

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If you would like to become a Support Group Facilitator, please contact Marci McKie at mmckie@alz.org or 417-886-2199.

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Support groups listed by county

*Our chapter is currently in need of support groups in the counties of Barry, Barton, Carter, Christian, Dade, Douglas, Ozark, Ripley, Shannon, Texas and Wright. If you are interested in becoming a support group facilitator please contact Marci McKie at 800-272-3900 or marci.mckie@alz.org

Cedar

Lake Stockton Nursing Center  Deborah Stockton

818 Owen Mill   Stockton

(417) 276-5126  4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room



Christian

Ozark Senior Center  Mitzi & Gary Ungren

727 N 9th  Ozark

(417) 300-1301  3rd Thursday of each month

 

Dallas

Colonial Springs Lori Cunningham

750 W. Cooper   Buffalo

(417) 345-2228  1st Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. at facility


Greene

Early Stage Education & Support Classes   Marci McKie

Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W Elfindale, Springfield

800-272-3900  Classes held on Tuesday's from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 through June 25, 2013


Alzheimer's Association Grief Loss   Pam Stoelzel & Marci McKie

Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W Elfindale, Springfield

(417) 886-2199  2nd Thursday of the month from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Central Assemblies of God   James Harris III (417) 885-1364 & Mariah Burdrick (417) 838-9456

1301 Boonville, Room 223, Springfield

Every Sunday of the month at 6 pm


Christian Healthcare West
  Amy Yoss 
 

3403 W. Mt. Vernon   Springfield

(417) 864-5600  Last Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m.


Cox Alzheimer's Support 
Judee Steward

1000 E. Walnut Lawn   Springfield

(417) 269-3616   2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Respite Care provided - call ahead to arrange for respite.


Enjoy The Moment   
Phyllis Dixon (417) 889 8613 & Carolyn Raney (417) 753 7800

197 Marshall St - Rogersville Area Senior Center

2nd Friday of each Month from 12:00 - 1:00 pm


MapleWood   Tomi Benedict

1146 E Lakewood St,  Springfield

(417) 885-9050   Last Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Maranatha Village
Chaplain Steve Anoa'i & Katrice Switzer

233 E. Norton Road    Springfield

(417) 833-0016   3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at facility


Mercy Villa 
Ann Payette & Pat Auston 

1100 E. Montclair    Springfield

(417) 820-8500   3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at facility.  Respite provided


Northview Center Alzheimer's Support
    Mitzi Ungren

301 E Talmage   Springfield

(417) 300 1301   3rd Monday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 pm


Redeemer Alzheimer's Group  
Ted & Christine Green (417) 773 9624  & Pastor Iromar Schreiber (417) 881 5470

2852 S Dayton  Springfield 

3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Sunset Church of Christ   Mary Alexander & Toni Pittman

1222 W Sunset, Springfield

(417) 883-2044  1st Monday of each month from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

                                      Denvard Heasley & Bill Oliver

                         1st Monday of each month from 6 pm to 7 pm


The Gardens  
Amy Brake

1302 W. Sunset    Springfield

(417) 881-1330   2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.


Willard First Baptist Church 
Betty Thomas 

202 W. Jackson   Willard

(417) 742-3333  1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the church. Respite care provided. 


Hickory

First Baptist Church  Codeen Howell 

NW corner of Square (Activity Building)    Hermitage

(417) 745-6490   2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.


Howell

Riverways Adult Day Care  LaDonna Caraway

418 E. Main    West Plains

(417) 255-2965   4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the facility


Jasper

Freeman Hospital Health  Julie Matchall & Anna Moore

932 E. 34th   Joplin

(417) 347-4478   2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.


The Arbors at Silver Creek  Carey Prater

3325 Texas Ave   Joplin 

(417) 626-8100 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.


The Arbors at Silver Creek - Grief Support Group   Carey Prater

3325 Texas Ave Joplin

(417) 626-8100 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.


Home Instead  Adam Bokker & Carey Prater

705 Illinoise Ave, Ste 16   Joplin

(417) 626-1868 Last Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.


Laclede

Lebanon-Laclede County Library  Pam Kasiske 

Benage Room

915 S Jefferson Ave     Lebanon

(417) 532-3999   2nd Tuesday of the month 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Lawrence

Aurora Nursing Center  Sandy Brown 

1700 S. Hudson    Aurora

(417) 678-2165   Last Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.


McDonald

Golden LivingCenter-McDonald   Jennifer Middleton

1000 Patterson    Anderson

(417) 845-3351  4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.


Newton

Medicalodge of Neosho  Michelle Best

420 S Lyon   Neosho

(417) 451-2544   2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.


Polk

CMH Alzheimer's Support Group   Billie Baldwin

1500 N Oakland     Bolivar

(417) 886-2199   2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Community Room


Stone

Stone County Support Group   Vicki Giauque 

First Christian Church

5 Hilltop Dr    Kimberling City

(417) 598-1514  2nd Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. 


Taney

Skaggs Community Health     Susan Lewis 

N. Bus. 65 & Skaggs (Dogwood Room)     Branson

(417) 544-1026   4th Tuesday of the month at 4:15 p.m.


Vernon

Barone Alzheimer's Disease  Nancy Malcom

2101 N. Ash   Nevada

(417) 448-3999   1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.


Webster

Webco Manor    Teresa Bennett & Audrey Grobe

1687 W Washington   Marshfield

(417) 859-5144   3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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