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Living With Alzheimer's Disease: Early Stage, Middle Stage and Late Stage classes are available in Springfield. Reservations are required. For more information, please call 417.886.2199.

See below for upcoming Early Stage classes in Columbia.

Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Early Stage

This series aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for peers who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia and their caregivers. While the person with Alzheimer's or related dementia joins peers in sessions intended for those diagnosed, care partners will attend programs specific to the needs of care partners:

For people with Alzheimer's disease
: The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions: What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? Join us for this three-part program and have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are dicussing what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to develop and work with your care team.
  • Part 1: Understanding Alzheimer's disease and memory loss, partnering with your doctor, effective communication
  • Part 2: Telling others about the diagnosis, caring for most important relationships - family and friends, making decisions, legal and financial issues, playing it safe
  • Part 3: Daily strategies, coping with changes, opportunities for supporting research, resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

For the Care Partner
: In early stage of Alzheimer's disease, families face new questions as they adjust.  What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? During this three-part series you will hear practical answers to the questions you might have in the early stage. You will hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early stage diagnosis.

  • Part 1: Understanding the disease, symptoms of early stage, where to start, communications skills, you and the person with dementia, coping with symptoms
  • Part 2: Health care team, approaches to treatment, family and friends, work-related issues, community care team
  • Part 3: Care planning, financial and legal matters, safety issues, care partner concerns

Upcoming classes take place 10 a.m. - Noon at the Alzheimer's Association Education Center on 2400 Bluff Creek Drive in Columbia:

Living With Alzheimer's for People with Alzheimer's
Tuesdays: April 29, May 6 and May 13

Living With Alzheimer's for Care Partners
Wednesdays: April 30, May 7 and May 14

Call Janie Bonham at 573.443.8665 or 800.272.3900 to register.

Living with Alzheimer's: Middle Stage

Caregivers will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle-stage of Alzheimer's and learn about the relationship changes that occur in the middle stage.  Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care will be discussed as well as effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors.

Due to the nature of topics that are covered, this caregiver program is not appropriate for people with Alzheimer's disease to attend.   

Living with Alzheimer's: Late Stage

Caregivers will learn the concept of self in the late-stage of Alzheimer's disease as well as learn effective ways to communicate, connect with, and provide daily care in the late stage. This program will also cover late-stage care options and explain how to access and evaluate them.

Due to the nature of topics that are covered, this caregiver program is not appropriate for people with Alzheimer's disease to attend.


Alzheimer's Association

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