If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia, you are not alone.
There are people who understand what you are going through, and help is available. There is much you can do in the early stage to cope with the changes ahead.
Family and Individual Care Consultation
Individualized assistance, problem solving and identification of resources are available to people with memory loss and their family and professional care partners.
For persons with memory loss, their families and friends, there are classes and webinars to help you understand memory loss, develop a partnership with your doctor and learn skills to make legal and financial plans.
Living Well Program
Living Well: A Holistic Program for People with Early Memory Loss, is a program from the Alzheimer's Association, St. Paul JCC and the Wilder Foundation that provides comprehensive health, fitness, education, creative arts and other community outing opportunities. Living Well program is for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia and their caregivers.
Support Groups and Memory Club
Support groups are a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. In some areas, specially designed Memory Clubs are available for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia and their care partners.
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.
Time, dates and group locations vary.
Mentoring is available to those with MCI or early dementia seeking the opportunity to be a mentor to persons newly diagnosed who have contacted the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline or who have participated in an Association-affiliated early dementia program. As a Mentor, your role will be to call and connect with people and invite them to join the Memory Meetup online and in-person social gatherings.
If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Mentor, contact Debbie Richman, Vice President of Education and Outreach:
By phone: 952.857.0551
By email: email@example.com
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Two FREE companion workbooks are available for people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia.
Taking Action Workbook
This helpful guide is designed to help people with early dementia and their caregivers navigate the changes a new diagnosis brings. Taking Action addresses common concerns, provides practical tips and steps to take after diagnosis, and offers perspectives of people living with memory loss. Topics include: Understanding Memory Loss, Telling Others about the Diagnosis, Daily Strategies for Living with Memory Loss, Legal and Financial Issues, and more.
|Taking Action Workbook (PDF)|
Living Well Workbook
| The Living Well Workbook presents brain wellness strategies and the evidence behind them. Each chapter includes information about a specific strategy, its benefits, perspectives of people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia, ideas that you can try, and a place for you to build your own living well plan. Topics include: Exercise, Nutrition, Brain Exercise, Stress Reduction, and more.|
Printing and distribution underwritten in part by the Doug Jones Family Foundation Endowment Fund
|Living Well Workbook (PDF)|