The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter will offer a number of education programs, support groups and social engagement programs in February to help provide much-needed information about memory loss and dementia and help persons with dementia and their care partners find ways to remain socially active.
In addition to programs such as the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, Effective Communication Strategies and more, the Michigan Chapter will launch a new HIV and dementia program this month as well.
“We’re committed to supporting all of our Michigan residents who find themselves on a dementia journey,” said Kate Pierce, Alzheimer’s Association program director. “Our new HIV program, which is done in partnership with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC), aims to raise awareness about the increased risk of cognitive changes in people living with HIV, who by age 60 have a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with dementia, as well as educate clinicians on how to better diagnose and support those living with HIV and cognitive changes.
She added, “Of course, we offer many other helpful support groups and education programs. We also partner on social engagement programs with entities such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Zoo, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Henry Ford.”
February offerings are listed below. Registration is required by calling the Helpline at 800.272.3900, clicking the registration links below or visiting alz.org/gmc/virtual.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3-4 p.m. | Register
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-noon | Call Helpline
Thursday, Feb. 25, 12:30-2 p.m. | Register
Dementia Conversations: Driving Doctor Visits Legal & Financial Planning
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m. | Register
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m. | Register
Effective Communication Strategies
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m. | Register
Monday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-noon with Balfour Ann Arbor | Register
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Friday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-noon | Call Helpline
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10-11 a.m. | Register
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3-4 p.m. | Register
Legal & Financial Planning
Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-noon | Register
Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Early-Stage) | 3-Part Series
Part 3: Thursday, Feb. 11, 1-2:30 p.m. | Register
Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Middle-Stage) | 3-Part Series
Part 1: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Part 2: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Part 3: Thursday, Feb. 25, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register
Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Late-Stage) | 2-Part Series
Part 1: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register
Part 2: Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. | Register
Protecting Your Brain While Living with HIV
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m. | Register
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m. | Register
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. | Register
The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter offers statewide virtual support groups in English and Spanish as well as area-specific caregiver support groups and early-stage support groups. For more information and to register, visit alz.org/gmc/helping_you/support_groups.
Social Engagement Programs
Bruce H. and Rosalie N. Rosen Community Connect Program
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Monday, Feb. 22, 1-2 p.m. | Register
Early-Stage Social Club (pre-registration required)
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. | Call Helpline
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. | Call Helpline
The Henry Ford: Valentine’s Day
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2-3 p.m. | Register
Early-Stage Social Group: Grazing at the GRAM (West Michigan)
Friday, Feb. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Pre-registration required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-459-7467.