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The Alzheimer's Association early-stage programs offer an opportunity for individuals living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early-stage to comfortably engage with and connect to others who are living in the beginning stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Individuals may seek opportunities that allow them to make meaningful contributions and remain involved and active in daily life, friendships and decisions for as long as possible. Through a variety of community based social, cultural, intellectual, health and wellness and gardening events, individuals living with early stage dementia are able to connect with people who understand what they are going through and may provide support, encouragement, inspiration necessary to move beyond their diagnosis and have fun. 

There is much you can do in the early stage to cope with the changes ahead.


Growing Connections

Growing Connections is a free gardening program created exclusively for people living with early dementia and for their care partners. Offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, these gardening classes focus on learning and having fun in the moment. No garden, gardening experience, or green thumb required!

Individuals and their care partners are required to connect with the Alzheimer’s Association prior to joining the group.

CONTACT: If you are interested, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. 
COST: Free 
WHERE: Virtual at this time due to COVID19. Typically held in the spring and fall for 6-week sessions.


WHERE IN THE WORLD

This FREE program creates a fun virtual social and supportive atmosphere for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and all types of dementia and their caregivers. Participants will learn about the world through a series of health and wellness, social, intellectual and cultural activities and will build relationships with others who are impacted by dementia.

Each series the Alzheimer’s Association will identify a particular country from somewhere around the world. After the location is determined, a theme will be discussed related to the culture. Participants will have the opportunity to guess throughout the program of where in the world we are visiting and the location will be revealed during week four.

CONTACT: If you are interested, please call Woo Bandel at 952.767.7570. 
COST: Free 
WHERE: Currently running virtually beginning July 6th, 2021.

 

Navigating Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia

Navigating Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) & Dementia is a comprehensive support, education and peer group that meets for a total of 10 weeks at a time, for two hours each week. This program is designed for individuals who have been recently diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia and their care partner. This group is facilitated by trained Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitators. During this 10-week period, you will connect with others, learn more about the disease, and learn how to best prepare for the road ahead.

Individiuals and their care partners are required to connect with the Alzheimer's Association prior to joining the group.

CONTACT: If you are interested, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. 
COST: Free 
WHERE: Not running virtually or in person at this time due to COVID19. Typically hosted in the spring and fall for a 10-week session.
 

Person With Dementia Support Groups

Person With Dementia Support Groups are free of charge and are geared towards individuals who have recently been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or dementia and are in the early stage of the disease progression. This group is not meant for caregivers – If you are looking for a caregiver support group, please click here. . (Ideally people can click on the Support Group tab and get directed to that if they click there? Open to whatever you think is best Chris) All Person With MCI Dementia Support Groups are facilitated by trained Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitators and meet for 6 months at a time.

Individiuals and their care partners are required to connect with the Alzheimer's Association prior to joining the group.

CONTACT: If you are interested, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. 
COST: Free 
WHERE: Virtual at this time due to COVID19. Typically hosted in for 1 hour a month, for 6 months at a time.
 

Community Classes

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Family and Individual Care Consultation

Care Consultation is an in-depth personalized meeting for individuals and families who are facing decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. The goal for each session is to get help with decision-making, develop a plan for the future and receive education.  If you are interested in setting up a Care Consultation, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. 
 

I Have Dementia 

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