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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.

 

Living with Memory Loss - Columbia

Dates: April 23, 30 and May 7 (Tuesday evenings). Last class includes free meal.

Location: MU Adult Day Connection
137 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(Free parking)

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

Click HERE to view flyer.
 

Living with Memory Loss - Wentzville

Dates: June 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Saturday mornings). Last class includes free meal.

Location: St. Charles City-County Library, Corporate Parkway Branch
1200 Corporate Parkway
Wentzville, MO, 63385

Registration is REQUIRED. For more information (including times) or to register, call 636.928.WELL (9355).

Click HERE to view flyer.
 

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:
 
 

Potluck at St. Louis Alzheimer's Association Office

When: Thursday, April 18 | 5-7 p.m.
Where: 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132
Cost: Free (Bring a dish to share.)
Parking: Free
Description: Meet at the Alzheimer’s Association Office for an evening potluck. Everyone is invited to celebrate spring and enjoy good company! Those with last names starting A-M, please bring a main dish; those with last names starting N-Z, please bring a side or dessert.
Registration: Attendance is limited to 36 people. To register, contact Ginny at thekaykramers@charter.net or (314) 596-7473.
 

St. Louis Zoo: Welcome Back our Stingrays and Sharks

When: Wednesday, April 24 | 10-11 a.m.
Where: 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free
Parking: Free on-street parking. Parking in the north lot is $15
Description: Every year, we get excited to welcome our seasonal family members at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. We’ll start our adventure in The Living World and then work our way over the cove where we will touch and explore the natural history of our fishy friends. This is a unique experience that is fun for every age!
We will meet in The Living World building at the North Entrance of the Zoo. Please gather in the lower rotunda to meet your guide. There will be a short classroom welcome to begin with before exploring the Zoo. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes and gear for the weather; we’ll be doing these tours rain or shine. We look forward to having you! These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person. Group tours are available for a fee and may be arranged by calling Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548.
Registration: Online registration is required. For questions regarding registration, call the Education Department at (314) 646-4544, option 6. For program questions, please call the Manager of Docents and Interpreters at (314) 646-4548.
 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Tram Tour

When: Wednesday, May 1 | 11:30 a.m.-Noon
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let staff know you’re there for a Memory Tour. Proceed to the Tram Shelter Station, where the group will meet, and check in with the Visitor Services staff there. Enjoy a guided tram tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends. The tram will highlight the history and beauty of the Garden. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
Registration: Attendance is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Guided Walks and Tours.” Then click on this tour, and then click on the orange font near the top of the page that says, “Register Online Now.” Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online.



Missouri Botanical Garden: Walking Tour

When: Saturday, May 11 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free 
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let them know you’re there for a Memory Tour. Then proceed upstairs, where the group will meet in the Monsanto Hall, by Tour sign. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends. We will be taking a short walk highlighting the history and beauty of the Garden. Wheelchairs are available at no cost and scooters are available for a small rental fee. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
Registration: Attendance is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Guided Walks and Tours.” Then click on this tour, and then click on the orange font near the top of the page that says, “Register Online Now.” Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online. 

 

Missouri History Museum: Seeking St. Louis (Currents Exhibit)

When: Wednesday, May 15 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: 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: Delve into the history of the Gateway City. Trace the lives of the fur traders and explorers, immigrants and factory workers, soldiers and citizens who played a role in St. Louis’s development. Spanning nearly 200 years, this interactive gallery takes visitors on a journey from early settlement through the Civil War and its aftermath. Experience the city’s disasters and triumphs, from terrible fires and a cholera outbreak to the end of slavery and the growth of local businesses. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
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
 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Walking Tour

When: Wednesday, June 5 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free 
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let them know you’re there for a Memory Tour. Then proceed upstairs, where the group will meet in the Monsanto Hall, by Tour sign. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends. We will be taking a short walk highlighting the history and beauty of the Garden. Wheelchairs are available at no cost and scooters are available for a small rental fee. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
Registration: Attendance is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Guided Walks and Tours.” Then click on this tour, and then click on the orange font near the top of the page that says, “Register Online Now.” Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online. 
 

Potluck at the St. Louis Alzheimer's Association Office

When: Thursday, June 13 | 5-7 p.m.
Where: 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132
Cost: Free. (Bring a dish to share)
Parking: Free 
Description: Meet at the Alzheimer’s Association Office for an evening potluck. This potluck will be hosted by Team RWB, a veteran’s organization, and will have a special focus on patriotism & veterans. It’s open to all—not just veterans. Team RWB will be supplying the main dish—from Sugarfire Smoke House! Everyone else can bring a salad, side or dessert.
Registration: Attendance is limited to 36 people. To register, contact Elyse at elyse.murrell@teamrwb.org or 314-562-6354.

 

St. Louis Art Museum: Green Space - American Landscapes

When: Tuesday, June 18 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: 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. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
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.

 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Tram Tour

When: Saturday, June 22 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let staff know you’re there for a Memory Tour. Proceed to the Tram Shelter Station, where the group will meet, and check in with the Visitor Services staff there. Enjoy a guided tram tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends. The tram will highlight the history and beauty of the Garden. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
Registration: Attendance is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Guided Walks and Tours.” Then click on this tour, and then click on the orange font near the top of the page that says, “Register Online Now.” Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online.


Click HERE for a printable version of this list.

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.
   

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.


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.