Upcoming Events

We will offer educational sessions for patients, caregivers and families either in-person or via Zoom. View our upcoming events for details.

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“Guided Autobiography is a self-enlightening experience. It took me down paths of discovery I had not expected to wander. Coping strategies used over my lifetime unfolded for me so that I could see which ones worked and which didn’t. The process allowed me to focus on my potential for success.” 

– Former Student

Guided Autobiography Class

Special Class for those living with mild dementia symptoms by Dr. Steve Hoover

Guided Autobiography (GAB) is an 8-week class that helps individuals organize and share their life stories. Guided by a trained instructor, Dr. Steve Hoover, participants are led through 8 weekly themes and priming questions that evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life as the uncertainties of the past, and the contradictions, paradoxes and events of life are put into perspective. Participants feel stronger and have a growing appreciation of their lives. Guided Autobiography also has the added benefit of staying socially connected through our life stories in ways that other opportunities cannot afford. Autobiography is a way for individuals to capture their stories for family and friends to leave a written legacy. It is not a class in how to write, but simply an opportunity to be guided through a process of creating a personal memoir. This class is uniquely designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia and their caregivers. Each week we will have the opportunity to share our stories and then do some short activities to introduce the theme for the next class. In order to participate in the class individuals should be capable of:

  • Writing (with their caregiver if needed) a short autobiographical story of about 2 ½ pages in length;
  • Reading/sharing the story with a small group of others who are also taking the class;
  • Participate in class activities such as drawing a familiar setting, brainstorming ideas for writing, and having a good time; and,
  • Finding creative ways to share memories beyond the story such as pictures, etc.

The class will meet weekly on Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM from September 23 – November 18, 2021 (no class on October 14).

The class will meet at the Central MN Dementia Resource Center.  Use the South entrance to the Midsota Building at the corner of HWY 15 and 12th St. North in St. Cloud, MN.

Due to the need to allow each participant to share her/his story in the class time, it is limited to 6 participants (caregivers may join as needed, but will not write or share their own stories).

For information or to register contact:

Dr. Steve Hoover
320-492-5157
steve.hoover@cmcoa.org

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“Guided Autobiography is a self-enlightening experience. It took me down paths of discovery I had not expected to wander. I realized how the themes of my life unfolded to show me the strengths I possessed. In addition, the class was a great chance to reflect, share and listen to the lives of others. A truly treasured experience.”

– A former Guided Autobiography participant.

Guided Autobiography Class

Create your autobiography through the process of Guided Autobiography

A trained facilitator, Steve Hoover (PhD), will lead you through weekly writing prompts to capture what is unique to your life story. Each week there will be a new writing prompt as well as the opportunity to share your story with others. This is a unique opportunity to not only write your own life story, but to hear the stories of others who are writing and sharing their unique experiences. This is not a class in how to write, but a group that comes together to share our stories with one another. We find out that we have so many things in common as we listen to our shared lives.

More Details:

  • Topics include Branching Points in Our Lives; Family Relationships; Our Career and Life Work; and others.
  • The class is free and offered at Whitney Senior Center
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30, 7/13/21 – 9/14/21
  • Contact Whitney Senior Center to register: 320-255-7295
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Call: (320) 492-8207
Email: contact@dcan-mn.org
Hours: by appointment only

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