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Free October services and programs for Michigan residents impacted by dementia 

Free October services and programs for Michigan residents impacted by dementia 
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September 25, 2020
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As COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on Michigan residents facing Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce its free virtual support groups, education programs and social engagement programs for October. 

“We are hearing more about increased isolation and stress for persons with dementia and their caregivers amid the ongoing pandemic,” said Jean Barnas, Alzheimer’s Association program services director. “Our free support groups and education programs offer emotional and social support, provide much-needed information about memory loss and dementia, and help persons with dementia and their care partners find ways to remain socially active.”

Since the onset of COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has provided more than 300 support groups, nearly 150 education programs and more than 900 care consultation sessions for thousands of Michigan residents. These programs and services, as well as the Association’s 24/7 Helpline, are free to Michiganders thanks to events and initiatives such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 

Collaborative partnerships with Michigan educational and cultural powerhouses such as The Henry Ford, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Zoo, the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit Institute of Arts help the Association provide additional enriching experiences. 

“Our social engagement programs provide cognitive stimulation, encourage socialization, helps reduce stress and anxiety, as well as enhance relationships and promote self-expression,” Barnas said. “So many participants talk about how the programs bring joy to their lives and help to form new bonds and friendships.”

Upcoming groups, programs and events are listed below. Registration is required by calling the Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visiting alz.org/gmc/virtual. 


Education Programs

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
Thursday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-noon | Register
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Friday, Oct. 30, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
Monday, Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3-4 p.m. | Register
Thursday, Oct. 22, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Thursday, Oct. 8, noon-1 p.m. | Register
Thursday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-noon | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m. | Register

Effective Communication Strategies
Friday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Register
Monday, Oct. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-3:30 p.m. | Register

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Register
Friday, Oct. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. | Register
Thursday, Oct. 29, 1-2:30 p.m. | Register

Legal and Financial Planning
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Early-Stage) | 3-Part Series
Part 1: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1-2:30 p.m. | Register
Part 2: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1-2:30 p.m. | Register
Part 3: Thursday, Oct. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. | Register

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Late-Stage) | 2-Part Series
Part 1: Monday, Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Part 2: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register

Support Groups 

Statewide Caregiver Support Groups
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. | Call Helpline 
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Call Helpline 
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5-6 p.m. | Register
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3:30-5 p.m. | Register
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m. | Register
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7-8 p.m. | Register

Spanish Speaking/en Español
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5-6 p.m. | Register

Area Caregiver Support Groups 
Mason County | Monday, Oct. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Metro Detroit | Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. | Register
Bloomfield Township | Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2-3 p.m. | Call Helpline 
West Michigan | Thursday, Oct. 8, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Manistee Area | Monday, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register
Central Michigan | Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. | Register
U.P. | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m. | Call Helpline
Muskegon | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. | Call Helpline
Metro Detroit | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m. | Register
Metro Detroit | Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. | Register

Social Engagement Programs

The Making of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation TV Show 
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1-2 p.m. | Register

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Performance
Monday, Oct. 12, 1-2 p.m. | Register

Minds in the Wild - Australian Outback with The Detroit Zoo
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1-2 p.m. | Register

Minds on Art with the Detroit Institute of Arts 
Monday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. | Register

Mysteries of the Inland Seas with the Detroit Historical Society 
Monday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. | Register 

Early-Stage Social Club (pre-assessment required) 
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1-2 p.m. | Call Helpline 
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1-2 p.m. | Call Helpline 
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m. | Call Helpline 
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1-2 p.m. | Call Helpline
 

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