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Growing Connections
Person With Dementia Support Groups
Community Classes
Family and Individual Care Consultation


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.

Early Stage Programs can be offered online or in person at this time. Driven by the new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, we require that all program attendees and all Alzheimer’s Association volunteers wear masks and social distance when conducting or attending indoor activities and programs on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association.

*Please be sure to check the delivery method for the program of interest.

Growing Connections

Get your green thumbs ready! Growing Connections is a no-cost gardening program created exclusively for people living with early dementia and 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. The next 6-week sessions begin in mid-April in the Twin Cities.

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

Monday sessions will run September 12, 2022 - October 17, 2022 from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Tuesday sessions will run September 13, 2022 - October 18, 2022 from 10:00am- 12:00pm.

CONTACT: If you are interested, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. 
COST: Free 
WHERE: Hopkins, MN 55343

 

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: 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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