Dementia Wellness and Education Programs

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The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic offers a variety of outreach education, support and wellness programs. It also hosts conferences designed to meet the needs of those affected by dementia, including people living with the disorder and their families, care partners, community members, and health care professionals.

Outreach activities are available on or near Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota.

Dementia Hub

The Dementia Hub is part of Mayo Clinic Connect and is intended for people living with dementia and the caregivers, families and friends who support them. At "The Hub," you'll find information on current and upcoming programs and events on brain health, dementia, caregiving and research. The Hub is a place to engage with others, share experiences and ideas, ask questions, and feel connected. Connect with the Dementia Hub on Mayo Clinic Connect.

Support groups

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville and Rochester offer a joint virtual support group called Caring Conversations. This support group provides caregivers with opportunities to gather to share and reflect on their experiences and feelings and problem-solve with others in similar roles.

Download the Dementia Program Guide (PDF) to find a printable schedule of Alzheimer's disease events in Minnesota or visit the center's Florida-focused outreach website.

Lewy body dementia education and support

The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is a Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) Research Center of Excellence. In this role, the center offers events and resources for people with Lewy body dementia and their families, community members, and health care professionals. These include:

  • Virtual support meetings. The center holds a Caring for Lewy education and support virtual meeting at 2 p.m., Central time, on the second Thursday of every month. Contact Jodi Melius at melius.jodi@mayo.edu for the Zoom link and more information.
  • Lewy body dementia summit. The center hosts an annual Lewy Body Dementia Knowledge and Support Summit. More information can be found in the center's Dementia Program Guide (PDF).
  • Videos. Learn more about Lewy body dementia research and care through the center's video collection.

Frontotemporal dementia education and support

  • The center hosts an annual Frontotemporal Knowledge and Support Summit. More information can be found in the center's Dementia Program Guide (PDF).

Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia

Conferences and symposia provide venues for patients, families, caregivers, and medical and research professionals to develop and promote best practices in Alzheimer's disease and dementia patient care and caregiver wellness. One such recurring event is the annual Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia.

Mindfulness-Based Dementia Caring (MBDC)

MBDC is an eight-week program designed for family care partners to learn and experience how the practice of mindfulness can help with the challenges and stresses of the caregiving role. The program includes interactive mindful care practices, gentle yoga, lectures, group sharing and at-home assignments.

There is no cost for this program thanks to the support of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

More information can be found in the center's Dementia Program Guide (PDF).

Expanding Florida outreach

Community outreach and engagement opportunities at and near Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida continue to grow and evolve. Learn more on the center's Florida-focused outreach website.