Community Resources in Minnesota

A variety of meetings are available in Rochester, Minnesota, and the surrounding areas. For information on similar programs in other locations or states, contact the Alzheimer's Association help line at 800-272-3900 (toll-free).

Dementia Friends Information Session

This is one-hour informational session led by a Dementia Friends Champion is intended for all community members to better understand how they can help a neighbor, church member, customer, friend or relative living with memory loss or dementia.

The session is informal and includes fun activities and interaction. Attendees learn what dementia is, what it's like to live with the disease and tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to consider a practical action that can help someone in their community.

  • Dates: Last Wednesday of each month (no session in December)
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: Charter House, First Floor, Room 164, 211 2nd St NW, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Contact: 507-292-1313

Free parking is available in the guest parking spaces in the lot to the east and north of Charter House. Once parked, enter through the main door on the south side of the building.

Other dates and times may be available. Contact Elder Network at 507-285-5272 for more information.

Resounding Voices Chorus

This is a professionally directed chorus for people experiencing mild memory impairment or dementia and their support partners. Resounding Voices provides cognitive stimulation and fosters learning, new friendships and a renewed purpose. The chorus rehearses weekly in Rochester and performs publicly throughout the year.

Visit the Resounding Voices Chorus website or call 507-218-8376 for more information.

Memory Café

The Memory Café is a place where people with memory loss or dementia and care partners can gather informally to enjoy social interaction and the company of others who are experiencing a similar situation. Memory Café is open to the public.

  • Dates: Second Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Location: Dunn Bros North, 120 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
  • Contact: 507-285-5272

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH)

REACH is a program to support family members who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Caregivers meet one-on-one with a trained caregiver consultant who customizes each session to meet specific caregiver needs. The goals are to teach caregivers how to reduce stress, solve problems, address daily challenges and help caregivers feel confident in the care they provide and their ability to cope. This program is led by trained staff from Elder Network.

Contact Elder Network at 507-285-5272 for more information.

Spark!

Spark! is a monthly program for people in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Participants engage in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling and other multisensory activities.

  • Dates: First Monday of every month
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Location: Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902
  • Contact: Aaron Saterdalen at 507-282-9447 or email programs@olmstedhistory.com

Space is limited; reservations are required.

Other resources

Alzheimer's Association care consultations

An Alzheimer's Association care consultation is an in-depth personalized service for people and families who are facing decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The goal for each meeting is to receive education about the diagnosis, learn how to make challenging decisions about care and develop a plan for the future in a supportive setting. Individual and family sessions are available no matter where you live. Call 800-272-3900 (toll-free) for more information.

Alzheimer's Association support groups

The Alzheimer's Association offers in-person support groups throughout Minnesota and across all states. These groups are for people living with Alzheimer's, caregivers and others dealing with the disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. Call 800-272-3900 (toll-free) for more information.

ALZConnected

Powered by the Alzheimer's Association, ALZConnected is a free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer's or other dementia. Visit the ALZConnected website for more information.

Alzheimer's Association help line

The Alzheimer's Association 24-7 help line is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialists and master's-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the disease, caregivers, families and the public. Call 800-272-3900 (toll-free).

Eldercare Locator

Offered by the U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator connects people to services for older adults and families in the communities in which they live. Call 800-677-1116 (toll-free) or visit the Eldercare Locator website for more information.

Elder Network

Elder Network offers nonmedical care services, including senior advocacy, education and support, companion services, respite care in home, peer support, friendly visitors, and transportation in southeast Minnesota. Call 507-285-5272 or email info@elder-network.org for more information.

Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging (SEMAAA)

SEMAAA is a private nonprofit agency serving the 11 counties of southeast Minnesota. It works with families, seniors, service providers and public agencies to help support, coordinate or develop community services.

SEMAAA's mission is to promote the independence and dignity of older adults so they can age successfully and remain in their homes for as long as possible. SEMAAA operates the Senior Linkage Line, a free service that links people to information and assistance. Call 800-333-2433 (toll-free) for more information.

Olmsted County Aging and Care Coordination Services

Home and community care programs are designed to support older adults and disabled people in their efforts to remain living as independently in the community as possible. Call 507-328-6519 for more information.

Lewy Body Dementia Association

The Lewy Body Dementia Association is dedicated to raising awareness about Lewy body dementias, supporting people with these conditions, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances. The association's purposes are charitable, educational and scientific. Call the Caregiver Link at 888-204-3054 (toll-free) for more information or the national office at 404-418-7396 or visit the Lewy Body Dementia Association website.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration's mission is to improve the quality of life for people affected by frontotemporal dementia and to advance research, awareness, support, education and advocacy. Call the help line at 866-507-7222 (toll-free) or visit The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration's website for more information.

CurePSP

CurePSP is a leading source of information and support for patients and their families, other caregivers, researchers and health care professionals about prime-of-life neurodegeneration, including progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy and related diseases. Call 800-457-4777 (toll-free), email info@curepsp.org or visit the Cure PSP website for more information.