The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia is life-changing. It 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 that I’ll need?
Join us for this 4-part program to get answers to your questions and hear from others who are facing this challenge.
This very interactive class is open to people with mild/early stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any other type.
Family and friends are strongly encouraged to attend with the person who has memory loss, however, this class is not open to family/ friends who wish to attend without the person who has memory loss. If the person with memory loss cannot or does not want to attend, family and friends should consider attending a caregiver specific classes and/ or support groups instead. More information is available on our Community Resource Finder.
Daytime and evening programs are available. Programs are offered in a variety of locations throughout the area served by the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter.
To register, call 800.272.3900.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
Q: My memory loss isn’t bad right now. Is it too early for me to participate??
A: If you aren’t noticing many changes, this is actually the right time to attend Living with Alzheimer’s. The program is designed for people who are in the very early stages of memory loss. You and your family will benefit the most by getting educated and connected to services and support early, rather than waiting.
Q: Won’t talking about this disease just make me depressed?
A: Of course, this class isn’t a good fit for everyone, but most people who take the class are glad they did, feel more competent to manage this part of their lives and say they’d recommend it to others. Being in the class allows people to experience the relief of talking with others who are facing some of the same challenges. It may seem odd, but this often opens the door to seeing things in a more positive light and to laughing about things that might not seem funny under other circumstances.
Q: Can I attend this program on my own, without a family member or friend?
A: If you have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, and if you can get to the meeting location, you can probably attend the program on your own. You will still need call us to register and to make sure this program is a good fit for your situation. However, this program is very helpful for family members and friends, and we highly recommend you consider inviting at least one other person to participate with you.
Other possible questions:
My doctor has diagnosed me with Alzheimer’s disease, but I don’t have any problems with memory loss. Could he be wrong?
I haven’t gotten a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia but my doctor has prescribed me medicine for memory loss? Is this program right for me?
I have been noticing signs of memory loss, but I don’t have any diagnosis. Can I attend the program?