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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.

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

Upcoming Sessions:

Fall/Winter 2018 – Shepherd's Center
Registration is REQUIRED.  Call 800.272.3900 to register.

All meetings are held at the Shepherd's Center, 1333 W. Lockwood Ave., Glendale, MO (located inside the Webster Hills United Methodist Church) on Wednesday afternoons, 1 to 3 p.m., except the last meeting, which will include a meal and will start at noon. Parking is free.
November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19

December 2018 – Springfield, MO
Registration is REQUIRED.  Call 800.272.3900 to register.

All meetings are held in the evenings at The Library Station, 2535 N Kansas Expressway, Springfield, MO 65803. Family/friends are encouraged to attend.

December 3
December 4
December 10
December 11 (includes free dinner)

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.

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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.

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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:





THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Holiday Appetizers, Cookies & Conversation at the Association Office Address: 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.

Registration for all events is required. To register for any of the meet-up events, contact Deb Bryer, at 800.272.3900 or greatermissourifamily@alz.org.

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Dementia Mentors

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter hosts a telephone support group for caregivers called Dementia Mentors.

We can help:

  • Monthly friendly confidential calls from an experienced dementia caregiver
  • Guidance that will help you now and in the future
  • Learn what has helped other families facing dementia
  • Get connected to community resources

If your family member was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another type
of dementia within the last three years, call or email to find out if you're eligible.

For more information: 800.272.3900 or greatermissouri-helpline@alz.org.

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Cardinals Reminiscence League


The Cardinals Reminiscence League is open to whoever would like to join their fellow Cardinals fans to share memories and learn about the history of our illustrious hometown team. It is even open to new fans or those who just want to learn a little more about the Cardinals.
This group is free and family members are welcome, but registration is required (register early; this group will fill quickly).

To Register:
Email stlfamilyservices@alz.org, or call 800.272.3900.
New Locations
**Please reach out to the locations for more details and start dates.

We are currently looking for volunteers:

  • With a desire to work with people with memory loss or with caregivers in a group setting
  • Interested in learning group facilitation skills (training provided)
  • Willing to work with a co-facilitator
  • Committed to attending monthly meetings (1st Wed of each month, 5:30-7 p.m.)
  • Willing to complete volunteer training provided by the Alzheimer's Association
  • Able to provide references
  • Willing to undergo criminal background check

If interested, contact Pam Gordon at pgordon@alz.org or 314.801.0462.
Start your own Reminiscence League!

Your organization can host your own Reminiscence League based on a theme of your choice! Get the toolkit here.

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Opening Minds Through Art

This is a free art program for people with memory loss. Click here to view the flyer!

  • 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, please contact Deb Bryer at dbryer@alz.org.

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