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Early Stage Engagement

Early Stage Support Group

The Springfield Early Stage Support Group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for both caregivers and people in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia through regularly scheduled meetings.  The support group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning September 8, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield office.  Registration is required.  Please contact Lisa Thompson at 417.886.2199 or 1 800 272 3900 or visit our website at for more information.


Journey Engagement Group in Columbia

Monthly “get togethers” vary according to activity scheduled. Examples of activites include breakfast meetings, visiting KOMU TV station, gathering at Shelter Garden and visiting with a Columbia Police Officer over a cup of coffee. We meet the last Monday of each month and encourage family members to attend and join the fun. Call the Columbia office at 573.443.8665 for the time and location of our next meeting. 

Social Club in Springfield

The Springfield Social Club is an active community engagement club for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Activities include brown bag lunches, ballroom dancing, miniature golf, picnics, bowling, and much more.  Participants may choose to attend all activities or select their favorite few. Contact Lisa Thompson at 417.886.2199 or go to our web site at  for more information.   Membership is required.

Thank you to the Greene County Senior Citizens' Services Fund for the grant to support Springfield Social Club.

Memories in the Making®

Memories in the Making®, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter in conjunction with Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, offers creative art expression for individuals with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. People experiencing dementia are often able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice. Through painting, people are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory. Memories in the Making® meets Thursday mornings under the guidance of local artist, Jesse McCormick. No experience is necessary and materials are free. For information or to enroll contact Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer's Association, 417.866.2199.  

Monthly Early-Stage Support Group

3rd Wednesday of each month, 3:30 p.m. (September-December 2014)
Facilitated by April Bernhardt
Tiger Place, 2910 Bluff Creek Drive in Columbia
Pre-registration required, please call 573.443.8665.


Early-Stage Educational Classes

The Greater Missouri chapter also offers classes for caregivers and individuals living in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Visit here for more information.



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