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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 being with and learning from other families.

      

 

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 admitted if space permits.

Programs are offered in a variety of locations throughout the area served by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter.
 

Living with Memory Loss - Florissant, MO

Dates:
  • November 9 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (includes lunch)
Location:
Christian Hospital's Northwest HealthCare | Entrance A, Community Room (lower level)
1225 Graham Road
Florissant, MO 63031

Registration is REQUIRED. For more information (including times) or to register, call 800.272.3900.
 

Living with Memory Loss - Springfield, MO

Dates:
  • March 10 | 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
  • March 17 | 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
  • March 24 | 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
  • March 31 | 5:00 pm - 8:00pm (Note the early start time, includes free dinner)
Location:
Library Center | Meeting Rooms A & B
4653 S. Campbell Avenue
Springfield, MO 65810

Registration is REQUIRED. For more information (including times) or to register, call 800.272.3900.
 

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.


Let's Talk

Through Let’s Talk, people with early-stage dementia are linked through a supervised telephone peer support program to share information and coping strategies, reduce social isolation and provide emotional support. The program provides a supportive environment where people can talk freely about the effects of dementia on their lives.

Let's Talk is an ongoing program, and individuals wishing to receive calls can begin participating at any time!

For more information or to enroll in Let's Talk, please contact the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter at 800.272.3900.
 

Volunteer with us!

Let's Talk is looking for volunteers (who also have early-stage memory loss) to make friendly calls to others with early-stage memory loss. While Let's Talk serves people throughout our entire service area, volunteers need to be able to travel to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Missouri office at 9370 Olive Blvd. in St. Louis County. Those who would like to be call recipients should be residents of Missouri or Illinois.
For more information: 800.272.3900.


Meet-Up Events

Alzheimer’s Association meet-up events are social/cultural activities for individuals with mild memory loss and their family members, friends and/or other supporters. Click HERE to view our upcoming meet-up events. Many thanks to the following partners:
 
 
    



St. Louis Art Museum: Standing Out: Decorative Arts and Design
When
: Tuesday, November 12 | 10:30-11:30 am
Where: St. Louis Art Musuem | 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis MO 63110
Cost: Free 
Parking: Free public parking is available in the two lots located on the north side of Fine Arts Drive, across from the Museum.  Paid parking is available in the Museum's underground parking garage - $15 for non-members; $5 for members.  (To receive the membership discount, tickets must be validated at one of the Museum's Information Centers prior to payment at the electronic pay station.  Payment is accepted at the electronic pay station located on level P1.  Please remember to take your parking ticket with you into the Museum so you can pay.)
Accessible parking is available in the public lots and in the parking garage.  Accessible entrances to the Museum are located at the East Building and in the parking garage.  An accessible drop-off area is located directly in front of the East Building. 
Description: Meet at the Visitor Information Desk in Taylor Hall (the newer East Building). Participants will experience an interactive tour led by experienced docents. This program provides a relaxed and inspiring environment to share experiences and to view and talk about art. 
Registration: Attendance is limited and registration is required.  To register, email Lisa Stelling-Jokisch at lisa.stelling-jokisch@slam.org or call her at 314-655-5268.

Making Memories in the Kitchen
When
: Tuesday, November 12 | 3:30:-5:00 pm
Where: 105 N. Main Street | St. Charles, MO 63301
Cost: Free 
Description: Join us for a fun interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Joe! People with early memory loss and their family/friends are invited to meet at Valenti's Deli on Main Street in St. Charles. Food will be provided by Valenti’s or other local vendors. The deli will be closed to the public during the program. There is a parking lot behind the deli and street parking is an option, as well.
Registration: To register, please email Shelly  Roy at shelly.roy67@yahoo.com or call her at 520-576- 8894. Attendance is limited to 20 people.


Cookies, Coffee & Conversation
When
: Monday, November 18 | 11:00:-12:00 pm
Where: 11133 Dunn Rd., St. Louis, MO 63136 | Resource Center is in Building #1, Suite 204E
Cost: Free 
Description: People with memory loss and family caregivers, JOIN US for cookies, coffee and a conversation about memory loss and starting a support group in our Christian Hospital Resource Center.  We'll supply the cookies and coffee; you supply the conversation!
Registration: To register, contact Pat at 314-341-9334 or patbrown20@sbcglobal.net.


Memory Cafe: Music and Memories: Holiday Cheer
When
: Sunday, December 1 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Library Station Branch | 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield MO 65803
Cost: Free 
Parking: Free
Description: Join us in the auditorium for an intergenerational multisensory experience for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia and their families and friends. Hear carolers sing, decorate a sugar cookie, and watch a selection of clips from classic holiday films. Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association will share community resources with attendees if needed. This program is funded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Senior Mental Health Grant and presented in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association.
Registration: Not required. Call 417-882-0714 for more information.


Missouri History Museum: The Mighty Mississippi River
When
: Wednesday, December 4 | 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Missouri History Museum | 5700 Lindell, St. Louis, MO, 63112
Cost: Tour is free. Optional lunch is at your own expense
Parking: Free – West parking lot entrance is off of Lindell, to the right of the building. Must give your name to the guard and confirm you are with the Alzheimer’s Association event. Only those with reservations will be able to park in the reserved lot.
Description: Mighty Mississippi puts the grandeur of North America’s greatest river in context with the cultures that have grown and thrived around it, from the largest and most influential American Indian centers of the Mississippian cultural period; to the vast European and Indian fur trade networks that forever changed the continent; to the revolutionary steamboats, factories, and immigration of the Industrial Age. Through this mix of historic objects, images, and media, Mighty Mississippi will also shed light on how sustaining surrounding communities has long depended on wisely caring for the river environment and its resources.
Registration: Attendance is limited.  Reservations are REQUIRED.  Click here to register online.  To register by phone call the Missouri Historical Society at 314.361.9017

Sweet Memories Gingerbread Village
When
: Tuesday, December 10 | 3:30:-5:00 pm
Where: 105 N. Main Street | St. Charles, MO 63301
Cost: Free 
Description: Join us for fresh baked nostalgia as we create a Gingerbread Village to be displayed by Main Street Church in Historic Saint Charles. Representatives from the community will be judging these marvelous displays and awarding prizes in four categories. People with early memory loss and their family/friends are invited to meet at Valenti's Deli on Main Street in St. Charles. Food will be provided by Valenti’s or other local vendors. The deli will be closed to the public during the program. There is a parking lot behind the deli and street parking is an option, as well.
Registration: To register, please email Shelly  Roy at shelly.roy67@yahoo.com or call her at 520-576- 8894. Attendance is limited to 20 people.


Holiday Appetizers, Cookies and Conversation at the Alzheimer's Association Office
When
: Thursday, December 12 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: 9370 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132
Cost: Free (bring a treat to share)
Parking: Free
Description: Meet at the Alzheimer’s Association Office for holiday treats and good conversation.  Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer or cookies.  There will be bags to take home goodies for later, too!
Registration: Attendance is limited to 36 people. To register, contact Craig at cmr74@ymail.com or 618-225-0665.


Potluck: Springfield, MO
When
: Thursday, December 12 | 11:30am-1:00 pm
Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO, 65807
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Description: Meet at the church for a potluck, along with a short educational program and music.  Everyone is invited to come together to enjoy good food and great company!
Registration: To register, contact Carol at 417-343-6452 or cemccain@att.net.  She’ll keep track of what dishes everyone is bringing & will be able to make suggestions about what’s needed.


Exercises and Activities in Arnold
When
: Thursday, December 17 | 1:30-3:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Arnold | 2012 Missouri State Road | Arnold, MO 63010
Cost: Free 
Parking: Free
Description: This is a monthly session for people with early stage memory loss that will include chair exercises and other brain healthy activities. A separate support group for caregivers occurs at the church at the same time.
Registration: To register, contact Kate Hermann at khermann@firstlighthomecare.com or call her at (314) 705-7092


Cardinals Reminiscence League


The Cardinals Reminiscence League is a discussion group open to anyone with mild memory loss who would like to share baseball memories, learn more about the team’s history and support the current team. It’s open to Cardinal Nation newcomers as well as to lifelong fans, and everyone in between. Even Cubs fans are welcome to attend!
 
The groups are free and family members are welcome to attend, as well.
 
There are two active groups. Please call them directly for information about the meeting schedule and to register:
 
Adult Day Center at the J in Creve Coeur, MO
314.442.3248
 
St. John’s Community Care in Edwardsville, IL
618.656.7090
 
If your organization is interested in hosting a reminiscence program of any type (based on a theme of your choice), we have resources to help you. Please contact Deb Bryer, Early Stage Manager at dbryer@alz.org or 314.801.0420.

 

Art & Music Programs

Opening Minds Through Art

This is a free art program for people with memory loss.

  • No experience required

  • A new, failure-free art project every week

  • One-on-one assitance

  • Artwork showcased in art exhibitions open to families and public

For more information and/or to register for the spring class, please contact Deb Bryer at dbryer@alz.org or 314.801.0420.

Free Music Therapy Groups

Maryville University offers free music therapy groups designed for people with memory loss, and their family members. The groups get rave reviews

  • No music experience or musical talent is needed.

  • Music therapy students will work alongside class participants.

  • Musical instruments for adults (not children) are used in the program

  • There is a Monday afternoon class and a Wednesday afternoon class. Both are:

    • 4 – 5 p.m.

    • Held at Maryville University, Walker Hall, 650 Maryville University Dr.

  • Parking is provided.

Registration is required. For more info or to register, contact Soo Jin Kwoun at 314-529 9235 or skwoun@maryville.edu.