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.
Living with Memory Loss
Having memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, or another type of dementia is life-changing. It leads to many questions:
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.
Please be aware that the 'Let's Talk' program is currently on hold until further notice due to restrictions with social distancing. However, we are still enrolling interested individuals and will notify you when the program resumes.
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, call 800.272.3900.
In-person Meet-Up events are currently on hold due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Please visit alz.org/crf to learn about our virtual programs.