For You, the Person with Memory Loss
Early Stage Support Groups
Early stage support groups provide information, discussion and inspiration through an honest exchange of how each are coping and continuing on with good and productive lives. Currently, there is an early stage support group in the Prairie Village office and another will begin in April in Topeka. If you are considering joining the early stage support group, contact Michelle Niedens (913) 831-3888 in the Prairie Village office for an orientation meeting prior to attendance. If you are interested in the Topeka group, contact Karen Knappenberger (785) 271-1844 for an orientation meeting prior to attendance. The orientation meetings allow discussion about the group, gives opportunities to ask questions and insures the group is the right fit for the needs of the prospective participant.
Redefining Me Education Series
Both you and your family/friends are welcome to attend this 4 part series. It is geared for the newly diagnosed, early stage individual who wants to know more and take an active role in living with this disease. The series includes the following topics:
Part 1: What Alzheimer’s means
Part 2: Taking Control
Part 3: Changing Relationships
Part 4: Finding Meaning
Next series dates:
Mondays, March 30-April 20
Brookdale Foxwood Springs Retirement Community
1500 W. Foxwood Drive Raymore, Mo.
Thursdays, April 5th through April 26th,
Contact Karen Knappenberg at 785-271-1844 for location
These are groups for you in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease with set curriculum/focus areas that allow expression through creation and to use continuing skills to make a difference. For more information, contact Michelle Niedens (913) 831-3888 for the Raymore and Clinton groups. Contact Brenda Gregg (816) 364-4467 for the St. Joseph and Warrensburg groups.
Sharing Hope Group, St. Joseph Missouri
A group centered around discussion of issues important to the group, and acting on those issues through advocacy or volunteer efforts.
Last Tuesday of the month
Alzheimer’s Association, NW Missouri Regional Office
Francis Street United Methodist Church
10th and Faraon
St. Joseph, Missouri
Time Slips, Raymore, Missouri
A group centered around story creation inspired by chosen pictures. Stories are created and utilized in various ways, as decided by the group, to spread the message that people who have memory issues still enjoy and contribute to the world around them.
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month
Brookdale Foxwood Springs
1500 W. Foxwood Drive
(Currently on break to begin again in March)
Collage Creation, Warrensburg, Mo.
This group is centered around the expression of thoughts, philosophy and beliefs through the creation of artful collages full of story and messages.
Last Friday of the month
3rd floor meeting room
504 Regent Drive
Memories in the Making, Clinton, MO
This group is centered around the expression of creativity through the medium of watercolor painting. While the Heart of America Chapter has many memories in the making groups, this is only one dedicated to those individuals in the early stage. No art experience is necessary.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
1300 S. Main Street
Mollie Tivol Alzheimer’s Resource Center
In the library, there is a section dedicated to you in the early stage. Some of the books discuss activities that support quality of life, others are books written by individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who are discussing their experience.
Speakers Bureau/Volunteer Opportunities
There are opportunities through the year to talk with schools, community groups and the media regarding your experience with having Alzheimer’s disease in order to increase awareness and encourage early diagnosis. If you are interested in being on the speakers bureau, or interested in being part of advocacy efforts, contact Michelle Niedens.