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Activities that offer stimulation, socialization, purpose and dignity are vital for all human beings, but particularly people with dementia since they are experiencing so many complex emotions and changes. People with Alzheimer’s disease tell us that receiving support early makes a big difference for them. Family members also report the benefits of being with and learning from other families.

      

 

Living with Memory Loss

Having memory loss, 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 four-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 memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any other type.
Family and friends are strongly encouraged to attend with the person who has memory loss. If the person with memory loss cannot or does not want to attend, family and friends may be admitted if space permits.

Daytime and evening programs are available. Programs are offered in a variety of locations throughout the area served by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter.
 

Living with Memory Loss Early-Stage in Glendale, MO

Dates: Mornings of August 16 & 23 and September 6 & 13 (Includes free lunch on Sept. 13)

Location: Shepherd's Center 
1333 W. Lockwood Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63122

Registration is REQUIRED. For more information (including times) or to register, call 800.272.3900.

Click HERE to view the flyer!
 

Living with Memory Loss Middle-Stage in Columbia, MO

Dates: September 14, 21 & 28 (Includes free dinner on Sept. 28)

Location: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
1707 Smiley Lane
Columbia, MO 65202

Registration is REQUIRED. For more information (including times) or to register, call 800.272.3900.

Click HERE to view the flyer!
 

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 Memory Loss. 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 memory loss, 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 to 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.


Let's Talk

Through Let’s Talk, people with early-stage dementia are linked through a supervised telephone peer support program to share information and coping strategies, reduce social isolation and provide emotional support. The program provides a supportive environment where people can talk freely about the effects of dementia on their lives.

Let's Talk is an ongoing program, and individuals wishing to receive calls can begin participating at any time!

For more information or to enroll in Let's Talk, please contact the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter at 800.272.3900.
 

Volunteer with us!

Let's Talk is looking for volunteers (who also have early-stage memory loss) to make friendly calls to others with early-stage memory loss. While Let's Talk serves people throughout our entire service area, volunteers need to be able to travel to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Missouri office at 9370 Olive Blvd. in St. Louis County. Those who would like to be call recipients should be residents of Missouri or Illinois.
For more information: 800.272.3900.


Meet-Up Events

Alzheimer’s Association meet-up events are social/cultural activities for individuals with mild memory loss and their family members, friends and/or other supporters. Click HERE to view our upcoming meet-up events. Many thanks to the following partners:
 
 
  


Brain Health

When: Thursday, September 12 | 2:30 pm
Where: PSOP, 201 N. Church Street, Belleville IL, 62220
Cost: Free
Parking: Free (in lot across the street from front entrance)
Description: Fun activities & discussion to keep the mind active.
Registration: To register, contact Jodi Gardner at PSOP, 618-234-4410 ext 7031.

 

Missouri History Museum: Seeking St. Louis - Reflections Exhibit

When: Wednesday, August 14 | 10 - 11:30 am
Where: 5700 Lindell, St. Louis MO, 63112
Cost: Free. Optional luch is at your own expense
Parking: Free – West parking lot entrance is off of Lindell, to the right of the building. Must give your name to the guard and confirm you are with the Alzheimer’s Association event. Only those with reservations will be able to park in the reserved lot.
Description: Enjoy a guided tour of the 'Seeking St. Louis–Reflections' exhibit, created for people with memory loss and their caregiver/loved one.
Registration: Attendance is limited.  Reservations are REQUIRED.  Click here to register online.  To register by phone call the Missouri Historical Society at 314.361.9017
 

Potluck at the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Office

When: Thursday, August 22 | 5-7 pm
Where: 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO | 63132
Cost: Free. (Bring a dish to share)
Parking: Free
Description: Meet at the Alzheimer’s Association Office for an evening potluck.  Everyone is invited to celebrate spring and enjoy good company!  Those with last names starting A-M, please bring a side or dessert; those with last names starting N-Z, please bring a main dish.
Registration: Attendance is limited to 36 people. To register, contact Ginny at thekaykramers@charter.net or 314-596-7473
 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Walking Tour

When: Thursday, September 5 | 10:30am -11:30am
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let them know you’re there for a Memory Tour.  Then proceed upstairs, where the group will meet in the Monsanto Hall, by Tour sign.  Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends.  We will be taking a short walk highlighting the history and beauty of the Garden.  Wheelchairs are available at no cost and scooters are available for a small rental fee. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. 
 
These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.

Registration: Attendance is limited.  Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Go to the Online Catalog” and click the box for “Guided Walks and Tours.” Find this tour and click on See Details. If you are interested click the register button.  Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online.
 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Walking Tour

When: Saturday, September 7 | 10:30am -11:30am
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free
Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Please arrive 15 minutes early to get ready for the tram tour. Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let staff know you’re there for a Memory Tour.  Proceed to the Tram Shelter Station, where the group will meet, and check in with the Visitor Services staff there.  Enjoy a guided tram tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends.  The tram will highlight the history and beauty of the Garden.  Tour is free, but space is limited.
 
These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.

Registration: Attendance is limited.  Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Go to the Online Catalog” and click the box for “Guided Walks and Tours.” Find this tour and click on See Details. If you are interested click the register button.  Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online.
 

Missouri Botanical Garden: Walking Tour
When: Tuesday, September 17 | 10:30am -11:30am
Where: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Cost: Free

Parking: Free (in the Missouri Botanical Garden parking lot)
Description: Check in at the Ridgway Visitor Center ticket counter at the Garden entrance & let them know you’re there for a Memory Tour.  Then proceed upstairs, where the group will meet in the Monsanto Hall, by Tour sign.  Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden created especially for people with memory loss and their family/friends.  We will be taking a short walk highlighting the history and beauty of the Garden.  Wheelchairs are available at no cost and scooters are available for a small rental fee. Tour is free, but space is limited to provide a quality experience for all. 

 
These tours are for individual people with memory loss and their family/friends/support person.
Registration: Attendance is limited.  Registration is REQUIRED. To register online go to www.mobot.org/classes and click on “Go to the Online Catalog” and click the box for “Guided Walks and Tours.” Find this tour and click on See Details. If you are interested click the register button.  Call 314.577.9506 if you can’t register online.

Springfield, MO Potluck

When: Thursday, September 12 | 11:30am-1:30 pm
Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO, 65807
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Description: Meet at the church for a potluck and short educational program.  Everyone is invited to come together to enjoy good food and great company!
Registration: To register, contact Carol at 417-343-6452 or cemccain@att.net.  She’ll keep track of what dishes everyone is bringing & will be able to make suggestions about what’s needed.

St. Louis Zoo: Penguins and Puffins

When: Wednesday, September 25 | 10-11 am
Where: 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO | 63132
Cost: Free. (Bring a dish to share)
Parking: Free on-street parking. Parking in the north lot is $15.
Description: Our marine birds may set a formal tone but they know how to have a good time.  On this tour we’ll start in The Living World to learn about some Penguin and Puffin natural history and then trek over to study their behavior and see what everyone is up to.  Dress for the weather it’s a chilly 42 degree Fahrenheit in the Penguin Puffin Coast.
We will meet in The Living World building at the North Entrance of the Zoo.  Please gather in the lower rotunda to meet your guide.  There will be a short classroom welcome to begin with before exploring the Zoo.  This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes and gear for the weather; we’ll be doing these tours rain or shine.  We look forward to having you!
Registration: Online registration is required.  For questions regarding registration, call the Education Department at (314) 646-4544, option 6. For program questions, please call the Manager of Docents and Interpreters at (314) 646-4548.

Registration for all events is required. To register for any of the meet-up events, contact Deb Bryer, at 800.272.3900 or greatermissourifamily@alz.org.


Cardinals Reminiscence League


The Cardinals Reminiscence League is a discussion group open to anyone with mild memory loss who would like to share baseball memories, learn more about the team’s history and support the current team. It’s open to Cardinal Nation newcomers as well as to lifelong fans, and everyone in between. Even Cubs fans are welcome to attend!
 
The groups are free and family members are welcome to attend, as well.
 
There are two active groups. Please call them directly for information about the meeting schedule and to register:
 
Adult Day Center at the J in Creve Coeur, MO
314.442.3248
 
St. John’s Community Care in Edwardsville, IL
618.656.7090
 
If your organization is interested in hosting a reminiscence program of any type (based on a theme of your choice), we have resources to help you. Please contact Deb Bryer, Early Stage Manager at dbryer@alz.org or 314.801.0420.

 

Art & Music Programs

Opening Minds Through Art

This is a free art program for people with memory loss.

  • No experience required

  • A new, failure-free art project every week

  • One-on-one assitance

  • Artwork showcased in art exhibitions open to families and public

For more information and/or to register for the spring class, please contact Deb Bryer at dbryer@alz.org or 314.801.0420.

Free Music Therapy Groups

Maryville University offers free music therapy groups designed for people with memory loss, and their family members. The groups get rave reviews

  • No music experience or musical talent is needed.

  • Music therapy students will work alongside class participants.

  • Musical instruments for adults (not children) are used in the program

  • There is a Monday afternoon class and a Wednesday afternoon class. Both are:

    • 4 – 5 p.m.

    • Held at Maryville University, Walker Hall, 650 Maryville University Dr.

  • Parking is provided.

Registration is required. For more info or to register, contact Soo Jin Kwoun at 314-529 9235 or skwoun@maryville.edu.