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*VIRTUAL* Alzheimer’s Association Programs

Effective Communication Strategies - Monday, August 10, 2020
*Register at 608.789.8640 or emailing brezinkaa@cityoflacrosse.org by One day prior to session.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants* 

*VIRTUAL* Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   |   5:30pm-6:30pm 
*VIRTUAL "Classroom"
Ages 18+   Max: 10   |   FREE
*Register at 608.789.8640 by Monday, August 10.  A link to the virtual "classroom" or a phone number to call in to the virtual "classroom" will be provided to all participants*

Looking for support with Parkinson's disease?  You are not alone.  Many people find that support groups are tremendously effective in helping them cope with the day-to-day realities of having Parkinson's disease.  This support group is for care partners and persons who are living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.  At this group, various topics are introduced and educational materials are distributed.  Members have an opportunity to ask questions, share resources and learn tips from one another for how to proactively manage Parkinson’s.  For more information call 608.781.0414.  Facilitator: Amy Brezinka

ConnectSmart

2020 Summer Sessions CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
*Next Session available in 2020 Sep-Dec Parks & Rec Connect

ConnectSmart offers fun and engaging recreational activities along with opportunities to socialize and connect with others who are living with dementia and their care partners.  This program offers activities that help persons living with dementia maintain physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, including movement, art and music.  Care partner support and education is offered in a separate room during each session.  The two groups will come back together as we end the day with lunch and social time.  I hope you will consider joining us!  This program is made possible through grant funding by Bader Philanthropies.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka, Kassie Dorman & Diane Brose.

Club Connectivity

2020 Summer Sessions CANCELLED Due to COVID-19
*Next Session available in 2020 Sep-Dec Parks & Rec Connect     

This club provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere and offers fun, meaningful ways to stay socially connected and active in the community.  Members will help determine what topics and group outings they would like to pursue each month.  Occasionally, care partners and family members may be invited to participate too.  If you are living with a diagnosis of Early Onset Dementia/MCI, we hope you will consider joining Club Connectivity.  This program is made possible through grant funding by Bader Philanthropies.  Transportation services provided by Luxury Limo Services in Holmen.  Facilitators: Amy Brezinka & Kassie Dorman

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning

Next Session TBD
Often conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable.  We will provide tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss. 

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Next Session TBD
The Alzheimer’s Association® created this educational program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis, as well as those who wish to be informed.  This free program: explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, details the risk factors for the three general stages of the disease, identifies FDA approved treatments available, looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer's research and offers helpful Alzheimer's Association resources.  *Feel free to bring your own lunch during the 12:00pm session.

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research 

Next Session TBD
At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health.  These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.  This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement.  This is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible. 

Alzheimer’s Association Program: Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Next Session TBD
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever.  This program is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.  Topics covered will include: making legal plans that fit your needs, legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you, how to find legal and financial assistance, practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care, tax deductions and credits, and government programs that can help pay for care.