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

Growing Connections
Dancing for Mind & Body
Person With Dementia Support Groups
Community Classes

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

Join us for good, green fun!

Growing Connections is a free gardening program designed exclusively for people with early-stage dementia and for their care partners. Choose the day that works best for you for the entire spring program. The classes focus on learning and having fun in the moment. We provide a light snack and plenty of social time for you to connect with
your classmates. No garden, gardening experience, or green thumb required!

This series of classes is offered by the Dakota County and Hennepin County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime Initiative.

There are three different class options for Spring 2024. View flyer [PDF]

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: If you are interested, please contact Jenna Fink at 952.857.0558.

DATES: Mondays, April 15 – May 20
TIME: 10 a.m. – noon
LOCATION: Hopkins Activity Center, Hopkins, MN

DATES: Tuesdays, April 16 – May 21
TIME: 10 a.m. – noon​
LOCATION: Hopkins Activity Center, Hopkins, MN

DATES: Wednesdays, April 17 – May 29 (skip May 8)
TIME: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince of Peace Church, Burnsville, MN

Dancing for Mind & Body

A program for those living with early dementia

Do you have two left shoes? Or perhaps you have lots of dance experience? Either way, all levels are invited to join this 4-week program celebrating the fun of dancing. This no-cost program is created exclusively for people living with early dementia and their care partners and is led by Jay Dudding, a seasoned dance instructor. Participants will learn basics and build off of their skills weekly. 

DATES: Check back this summer for details about our fall 2024 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. 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.

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: Typically hosted in for 1 hour a month, for 6 months at a time. View schedule.

Community Classes

Educational classes about Alzheimer's and Dementia are available to you and your friends and family at no cost.

I Have Dementia 

Click here for additional resources and support.