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Programs for Early Dementia
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Growing Connections

Join us for a 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 Each class stands alone, so you can attend one or all of the classes. More information on the Extension Master Gardener - Hennepin County website.

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
  • You don't need a garden to join in, you just need to be willing to enjoy nature and have fun.

When: Thursdays, April 19 - June 14, 2018
Where: East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (more information)
Cost: Suggested donation of $15.00 per couple for the entire series
Contact: Katie Roberg, Program and Education Manager at 952.767.7568 or kroberg@alz.org or growingconnections@gmail.com.

Giving Voice Chorus

Giving Voice is a new 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. The group began weekly rehearsals on September 10, 2014, with 30 participants.

When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Where: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Contact: For more information or to sign up, contact Anna Ostroushko at 612.767.5553 or to register call 612.321.0100.

Northern Clay

Galleries are free. Introductory Wheel throwing Classes is $175.00. If you become a member for $35.00 classes are discounted.

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.

When: Gallery Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.; Monday: CLOSED
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! 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.

When: Dates and times vary each week. Contact KariosAlive! for current schedule
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.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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,

When: Hours vary - please check website or call.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
Cost: FREE Thursdays all day in November through March. Free gate admission on Thursdays through March 31, 2016. Beginning April 1, third Thursdays of the month after 4:30 p.m. admission is FREE. Members receive FREE admission year-round; children up to age 12 accompanying members in vehicle are free. Memberships start at $49.00.
Contact: For more information or for a tour, contact 952.443.1400.

Minnesota Orchestra

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.

When: http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/buy/tickets/browse-calendar
Where: Minnesota Orchestra 1111 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: Ticket Services: 612.371.5656 / 1.800.292.4141 The Orchestra Hall Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, and two hours prior to concert start time through intermission for ticketed performances.
Contact: Administration 612.371.5600

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 website.

Meetup Groups:
Twin Cities
St. Cloud

When: Time, dates and group locations vary
Where: Time, dates and group locations vary
Cost: FREE
Contact: For more information, contact Katie Roberg at 952.767.7568 or kroberg@alz.og.

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

Memory Clubs:
Augustana, Minneapolis MN
Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul MN
Park Nicollet Clinic, St. Louis Park MN
FamilyMeans, Stillwater MN

When: Dates and times vary
Cost:A suggested donation of $200 for 10 weeks of sessions
For more information, contact Katie Roberg at 952.767.7568 or kroberg@alz.og.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Discover Your Story

When: Public tour are offered on the second Friday and Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Groups of three or more individuals with memory loss can call to schedule a museum private tour.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Cost: FREE

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.

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
James J. Hill House Introduces New Sensory Tour for People with Memory Loss
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.

When: First Tuesday of every month, starting September 2, 2016
Where: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: FREE
Contact: Reservations: 651-259-3015 or email hillhouse@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!

We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.
Free general admission at 26 MNHS historic sites and museums in Minnesota, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Mill City Museum, and more!

Free or discounted tours, family activities, pub crawls, classes, and other special events.
10% discount at all MNHS museum stores, Cafe Minnesota and Mill City Cafe, on Gale Family Library services and MNHS Press purchases.

Award-winning Minnesota History magazine and app, and MNHS magazine to keep you updated about upcoming events.
Exhibit previews and members-only events.
Discount on Minnesota History Center parking.
Time Travelers reciprocal benefits at nearly 250 historical societies nationwide.
A portion of your membership is tax-deductible.

When: Hours vary at each Museum- please check website or call.
Where: 345 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Cost: Basic Membership $50.00/person per year
Contact: 651-259-3131 or 1-888-293-4440


Walker Art Center - Contemporary Journeys



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.
 For more information, please contact our friendly Education Team at 612.253.3558 or tours@walkerart.org.


Weisman Art Museum

There’s always something interesting to see and do at WAM.
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.

When: Monday -Closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Where: 333 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55455
Cost: Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). All self-guided tours are free.

Contact: 612.625.9494 or waminfo@umn.edu


Taiko Drumming

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.

When: Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., January 9 through February 13, 2016
Where: Wider Community Center for Aging, 650 Marshall Ave, St. Paul MN
Cost: FREE. Donations are welcome.
Contact: To reserve your seat, contact 651.280.2273

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.

When: May 18 – September 30 (All trips are 2 hours long, Monday through Saturday at 10:00
a.m. or 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays additional evening trips at 6:00 p.m.)
Where: There are chapters throughout the Minnesota (check website for local locations)
Cost: FREE (Free to fish, but you might have to pay for a fishing license ­
Contact:  To schedule an outing with a local LGF Chapter near you, see the LGF Chapters link
on the website and click on
or 888.235.8448.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.