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 For people with early stage dementia and carepartners
 For people in dementia transitions and carepartners.

Growing Connections 


Join us for a new social and educational eight-week series taught by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers from the University of Minnesota. This series will share the joy of growing plants, social connections, and cultural outings for people living with early dementia and their care partners.

Growing Connections Purpose

  • Increase an overall well-being by engaging in gardening with others and exercising the mind.
  • Build friendships and communities
  • Increase awareness of living well with this disease in the community
  • Inspire hope, meaning and purpose

Where: East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55413 
Cost: Suggested donation of $15.00 per couple 
Contact:
Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org or directly at 
growingconnectionsmn@gmail.com.

Giving Voice Chorus

givingvoicechorus.org

 
Giving Voice is a choral ensemble created especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Co-founders Mary Lenard and Marge Ostroushko were struck by recent discoveries about the powerful effects of music on the lives of people with dementia, especially the findings that individuals with Alzheimer’s are able to sing and enjoy music even as their disease progresses, especially if they sing familiar music. When they learned about choirs for people with Alzheimer’s in New York and Oregon, Lenard and Ostroushko began investigating how to create a similar chorus in the Twin Cities. After receiving funding to launch a pilot, they formed an advisory group to bring people together around this concept. In the late spring, they had the opportunity to partner with professional musician Jeanie Brindley-Barnett and MacPhail Center for Music to get the ball rolling. 

Where: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Cost: $50.00  
Contact: For more information or to sign up, contact Anna Ostroushko at 612.767.5553 or to register call 612.321.0100.

Northern Clay

northernclaycenter.org

 
Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national, and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.

Where: Northern Clay, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Cost: Galleries are free. Introductory Wheel throwing Classes is $175.00. If you become a member for $35.00 classes are discounted.
Contact: To register for classes or a tour of the gallery, contact Chris Singewald at 612.339.8007 x 313 or chrissingewald@northernclaycenter.org.

KairosAlive!

kairosalive.org

 
KairosAlive! Is a nationally recognized program, which vitally engages older adults of every ability – including those who are physically frail, with Parkinson’s, mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – in weekly arts participation and health education through interactive dance and storytelling. These 90-minute sessions put elders at the center of community activities, and have shown to positively improve the health of participants.

Where: Program to come to your facility/organization. 
Cost: Prices determined based upon location and timeframe.
Contact: To learn more and schedule a session, contact KairosAlive! at 612.926.5454.

Bakken Museum

thebakken.org 


A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.

Where: Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Cost: Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00
Contact: To schedule a tour, contact 612.926.3878.

We Can Ride

wecanride.org 


We Can Ride is an equine-assisted therapeutic riding for individuals from six years old to 70 years young. Classes are taught by PATH international certified therapeutic riding instructors with the help of their therapists. With many therapeutic benefits of being on a moving horse, their goals are to enhance our client’s skills and well being through challenging programs of therapeutic horseback riding. Clients also may learn to groom, lead, saddle, and mount their horses. Class sizes are from three to six people and include the use of one to three volunteers per client. We Can Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is serving children and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.

Where: We Can Ride, 14300 County Rd 62, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Cost: $45
Contact: To make an appointment or view the facility, call 952.934.0057.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

arboretum.umn.edu


The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction in the metro area, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. As a premier northern garden, the Arboretum was borne out of the University Of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and established in 1958.

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318

Contact: 952.443.1400

Minnesota Orchestra

minnesotaorchestra.org


Our mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our community as a symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.

Our mission will be implemented by:

  • Enhancing the traditional core of concerts with innovative approaches to programming and format;
  • Providing the finest educational and outreach programs;
  • Representing and promoting the Minnesota Orchestra and the State of Minnesota to audiences across the state, across the country and around the world through tours and electronic media;
  • Maintaining an acoustically superior hall with a welcoming environment;
  • Delivering this within a financially sustainable structure.

Where: Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ticket Services

612.371.5656 or 800.292.4141
tickets@mnorch.org

Group Sales

612.371.5662 or 800.292.4141
groupsales@mnorch.org

Meetup

Meetup is a program designed to build a safe and comfortable social meeting space, both virtually and in-person, for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia. In-person social meetings occur once a month at various locations, which is determined by the group and then posted on the Meetup Group page.

Current Meetup Group Listing

For more information, contact Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.

Memory Club

 
Memory Club is a comprehensive support, education and peer group that meets for a total of 10 sessions over a two- to three- month period. You and your program partner will connect with others, learn more about the disease, and better prepare for the road ahead.


Current Memory Club Listing

For more information, contact Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Discover Your Story at artsmia.org

 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota are proud to present a free interactive tour program for people with memory loss called Discover Your Story. These tours are designed for groups of visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their friends or care partners. Held in the museum’s galleries, tours encourage participants to discover themselves and one another through conversations about artworks and their life stories. Assisted listening devices and wheelchairs are available for tour participants.

Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Cost: FREE
Contact: Pre-registration is required at least one week in advance to the tour date. To register a person with memory loss and a friend, call 612.870.3140.

Minnesota Historical Society

Sensory Tour at James J. Hill House

 
As the nation's population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia is expected to grow. The Minnesota Historical Society is in a unique position to offer sensory-based tours that can help enrich the lives of people suffering memory loss.

The James J. Hill House will offer 45-minute guided tours designed to inspire guests to remember their own story, to think about their own past in new ways and to spark conversations with their loved ones.

Where: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102

Public tours:

Offered the first Tuesday of every month.
When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Reservations: Call 651.259.3015 or register online.

Private group tours:

Available by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Reservations: Call 651.259.3015 or email hconlinetickets@mnhs.org.

MNHS Membership Information

Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get free general admission at 26 MNHS historic sites and museums in Minnesota, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Mill City Museum, and more!

Renew or join online
651.259.3131 or 1.888.293.4440 
membership@mnhs.org

Walker Art Center

Contemporary Journeys at The Walker

 
Contemporary Journeys is the Walker Art Center's program for people with early- to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers, family members, and friends. Participants enjoy guided tours and hands-on art-making activities designed to encourage creative exploration and social connection within a safe and supportive environment.

Contemporary Journeys experiences are available in two ways:

  • Memory care groups of 8 to 10 people (Four to six people with memory loss and their caregivers) are encouraged to book a private Contemporary Journeys tour.
  • Individuals with memory loss and a care partner, family member or friend can join us for our regularly scheduled Contemporary Journeys morning program (please contact us directly for upcoming dates and times).

Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: $5 per adult with dementia, free for accompanying caregivers, family members or friends.
Contact: For more information, please contact our friendly Education Team at 612.253.3558 or tours@walkerart.org.

Weisman Art Museum

wam.umn.edu

 
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.

Where: Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Cost: Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).
Contact: 612.625.9494 or waminfo@umn.edu

Taiko Drumming

wilder.org

 
Taiko is a Japanese performance art that involves beating drums (taiko) with large, cylindrical drumsticks (bachi). It is both the name for the drum and for the art-form of ensemble drumming. Learn the art of Taiko drumming using buckets along with a taiko drum that all will get a chance to experience. Join other older adults and their family and friend caregivers who want to stay active. Come together for coffee, a bite to eat, conversation, music and movement.

Where: Wider Community Center for Aging, 650 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Cost: No charge; donations welcome.
Contact: Reserve your space by calling 651.280.2273.

Let's Go Fishing

lgfws.com

 
Let’s Go Fishing serves communities by focusing on the camaraderie of bringing older adults on fishing trips, sharing the fun of the catch. By reaching out to older adults, veterans and the disabled, Let’s Go Fishing brings people to nature and contributes to their health and well being.

Where: Find the Minnesota chapter near you on the Let's Go Fishing website.
Cost: Free to fish. However, a fishing license may be required through MN Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: To schedule an outing, find the nearest chapter and connect through the website. The Central Office can be reached by calling 320.403.5550 or 888.235.8448.

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