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Activities that offer stimulation, socialization, purpose and dignity are vital for all human beings, but particularly people with dementia since they are experiencing so many complex emotions and changes. People with Alzheimer’s disease tell us that receiving support early makes a big difference for them. Family members also report the benefits of talking to and learning from other families.

     

Meet-Up Events


Music & Memories

Join us for this free group music therapy for individuals in the early stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Hosted weekly across the Greene County Library System. Click here to view the flyer.
 
  • September 2 | 12:30-1:30pm | The Library Center
  • September 9 | 12:30-1:30pm | The Library Station
  • September 16 | 12:30-1:30pm | Midtown Carnegie
  • September 23 | 12:30-1:30pm | Schweitzer Brentwood

Fishing and Family Day

 
Join us for a day of fishing, fun and family catered towards individuals experiencing memory loss, their caregivers and loved ones. All individuals of all ages are welcome.

Bring your kids, grandkids, parents, spouse and grandparents. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and this event is accessible and all equipment is provided.

Click here to view the flyer
  • September 18 | Bois D'Arc Pond | 10am-2pm
Registration is required: mdc.mo.gov/events or contact Samantha at 417.429.0439 or slwhittaker@alz.org
 

Living with Memory Loss

Having memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, or another type of dementia is life-changing. It leads to many questions:
  • What will this mean for me and my family?

  • How do I plan for the future?

  • Where can I get the help that I’ll need?
Join us for this four-part program to get answers to your questions and hear from others who are facing this challenge.

This very interactive class is open to people with mild/early-stage memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any other type.

Family and friends are strongly encouraged to attend with the person who has memory loss. If the person with memory loss cannot or does not want to attend, family and friends may be still attend.
 

Check back for more information on our virtual classes!

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: My memory loss isn’t bad right now. Is it too early for me to participate??
A:  If you aren’t noticing many changes, this is actually the right time to attend Living with Memory Loss. The program is designed for people who are in the very early stages of memory loss. You and your family will benefit the most by getting educated and connected to services and support early, rather than waiting.
 
Q: Won’t talking about this disease just make me depressed?
A:  Of course, this class isn’t a good fit for everyone, but most people who take the class are glad they did, feel more competent to manage this part of their lives and say they’d recommend it to others. Being in the class allows people to experience the relief of talking with others who are facing some of the same challenges. It may seem odd, but this often opens the door to seeing things in a more positive light and to laughing about things that might not seem funny under other circumstances.
 
Q: Can I attend this program on my own, without a family member or friend?
A:  If you have memory loss, Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, and if you can get to the meeting location, you can probably attend the program on your own. You will still need to call us to register and to make sure this program is a good fit for your situation. However, this program is very helpful for family members and friends, and we highly recommend you consider inviting at least one other person to participate with you.