Share or Print this page

 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 6-8 week series offered May - October 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: Hopkins Activity Center, 33 14th Ave. N, Hopkins, MN 55343 
Cost: Free 
Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or or Ann Thureen at

Giving Voice Chorus

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. 

Two Choruses
Lyngblomsten, 1415 Almond Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55108 (In the chapel on Mondays)
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Wednesdays)
Cost: $75.00 for Fall & Spring
$25.00 for Summer 
Contact: For more information or to sign up, contact Quinn Shadko at 612.767.5415 or to register call 612.321.0100.

Northern Clay Center: Art@HAND for 55+

ART@HAND is NCC’s series of accessible programs for enjoyment of the ceramic arts. Intended for individuals 55 years old or greater (and their families), ART@HAND incorporates lectures and tours, drop-in workshops, and hands-on activities. Supported by the Wallace Excellence Award, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Arts Learning Grant, and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation, the program aims to increase access to the ceramic arts for adults who are 55+.

Whether you’re curious about clay or have worked with clay for years, these programs are a fun way to expand your knowledge with Northern Clay Center’s experts and exhibitions. Most events are free and open to the public unless a low-cost fee is noted in the description. Some events are especially for parents, grandparents, and kids to attend together. You must be 55+ to register for all of the following programs. Join us for a snack—all events include refreshments.

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 Alison Beech at 612.339.8007 x 313 or

Dancing Heart™ program

Dancing Heart™ - a nationally-recognized, evidence-based program which vitally engages older adults of all abilities - including those who are physically frail, with Parkinson's, early-mid-to-late stage Alzheimer's, and other forms of dementia - in weekly arts participation and health education through interactive dance, music and storytelling. We bring Kairos Alive! Dancing Heart™ to long term care and assisted living facilities, adult day care and senior community centers in the form of 90-minute sessions. Our work puts elders at the center of community life, and has shown to positively improve the health of participants.
Facilitated by the Kairos core artist team, designed by Master teaching artist Maria Genné, the sessions are designed as a creative collaboration between participants, caregivers and professional artists where the boundaries between performer and audience are dissolved. The program offers in-depth arts interaction in which participants are taught the languages of dance, story and theater, and arts & health education. Stimulated by movement and music, participants share experiences and memories that become the basis of dance and storytelling.

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 Parker Genne at KairosAlive! 612.926.5454.

The Bakken Museum 

The Bakken Museum is proud to offer SPARK!* programming for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss. Monthly science themed programs offer guests opportunities to interact socially while viewing rarely seen museum artifacts, taking unique guided tours, and sharing hands-on learning experiences. Individuals diagnosed with a dementia-related illness are invited to participate with their caregiver.
*The Bakken Museum is a member of the SPARK! Alliance, a foundation of museums, nature centers and cultural centers committed to offering programs for people with memory loss and their caregivers.

Where: The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 10:00-11:30AM
Cost: FREE - Registration required.
Contact: For more information or to register, contact Bekki Burnette, or 612.926.3878, Ext. 229.

We Can Ride 

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: Nature-Based Therapeutics

Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.
Professional, licensed facilitators will arrange a consultation with you in order to design a custom program that will meet the needs/strengths of your group. Direct service programs and trainings are available at the Arboretum or at your site.

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

Contact: Alison, 952.443.1400

Minnesota Orchestra:Sensory-Friendly Concerts

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.
  • Sensory-friendly concerts.
  • Great for all, especially individuals with dementia or children.
The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to increasing access to the symphonic art form by providing full orchestra and small ensemble experiences in an inclusive environment. Our Sensory-Friendly Concerts are designed for audiences of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Each concert takes place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music together with family and friends.

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


Schedule Information

Ticket Services

612.371.5600 or 800.292.4141

Group Sales

612.371.5662 or 800.292.4141

Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia

Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia programs are 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

Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Discover Your Story

Discover Your Story at

Discover Your Story tours are designed for small groups of visitors with memory loss, early or middle stages Alzheimer’s Disease, and related 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 four weeks in advance to the tour date. Six people on the tour is the maximum. 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

SPARK! Public tours:

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

Private group tours:

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

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

My House of Memories

Museums, and history museums, in particular, are often thought of as the keepers of people’s memories. The new House of Memories dementia awareness program harnesses the power of museum resources to help those living with dementia and their caregivers live better lives.

The free My House of Memories app originally developed by National Museums Liverpool and launched for U.S. audiences by the Minnesota Historical Society features more than 100 interactive pages of MNHS collection items which can help those living with dementia draw on memories to create personal connections with family, friends, and caregivers. MNHS has worked to add a specific focus on those most impacted by the disease, African American families.

The My House of Memories app can be downloaded to tablets and smartphones from iTunes and Google Play. Search for My House of Memories and look for the pink house.

Cost: Free


Weisman Art Museum

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 
or Events Coordinator: Liz Grosjean

Let's Go Fishing

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. Individuals with dementia benefit greatly from joining with others and taking a morning or afternoon trip on one of the Let’s Go Fishing boats.

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 Darcy at 320.403.5550 or 888.235.8448 or email

Singing Hill Chorus

 Singing Hills Chorus is a joyous, choral ensemble created especially for people living with Alzheimer’s, or other related dementias, and their care partners. They are a member of the Giving Voice Initiative. The chorus was formed in the fall of 2017. They meet on Thursday mornings for 16 weeks in the fall and spring (14 rehearsal, a concert and a celebration breakfast). There is a social time with yummy refreshments before and after each rehearsal. 
The chorus meets at School Sisters of Notre Dame, home of the “Nun Study.” No musical experience required. Each person with memory loss registers with a care partner. Volunteers singers are available to provide support as needed, allowing a care partner to sing in their own vocal section. 
A monthly SingAlong is held in the summer. 
The chorus is a Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s program. 

Where: School Sisters of Notre Dame, 170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Cost: $25.00 per person, per session. Scholarships are available. Includes rehearsal and practice materials. 
Summer SingAlong is free. 
Contact: For more information or to sign up, contact Sandi Lubrant at 507-519-0626 or to visit