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For the Newly Diagnosed

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? We have programs specifically designed for people who are newly diagnosed and in the early stages of the disease and their caregivers

  • First Step Education Program
  • Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s
  • Connection Café 
  • "I have Alzheimer’s" Webpage

Our First Steps education program is an interactive five-part education program based on our Living with Alzheimer’s series and the Taking Action Workbook. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. Check the Chapter calendar, email us at infocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s
This is an interactive three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes and making decisions
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Connection Café
You are not alone! The Connect Café is for persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. We meet to share ideas, to learn from each other and to have fun, food and fellowship! Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at infocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Navigating as Couples and Early-Stage Support Groups
We have support groups for people who are newly diagnosed and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or any of the related dementias. Check the Chapter Calendar, email us atinfocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

24/7 Helpline
Call 800-272-3900 during the day or night to talk with a dementia specialist who can assist you with problem solving, refer you to community resources, and listen.

Cannot get to a Support Group: Connect with Others Online at AlzConnected®
Our message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
www.alzconnected.org


Resources for the Newly Diagnosed: No one should face Alzheimer’s or Dementia alone

Click link directly above to view our online resources for people who are newly diagnosed. Our 'I have Alzheimer’s' webpages were written in partnership with people in the early stages. Some of the topics include:

  • Know What to Expect
  • Treatments & Research
  • Programs & Support
  • Plan for Your Future
  • Overcoming Stigma
  • Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
  • Live Well

Memories in the Making®: A fine arts program for people with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program offers creative art expression for individuals with early to the middle stages of Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. People experiencing dementia are often able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice. Through painting, people are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory.

Memories in the Making® programs meet weekly in small groups under the guidance of a care professional and art facilitator who have been specially trained to work with individual with memory loss and dementia. For most of the individuals who participate in the group, this is their first time painting. Since there are no mistakes in art, the process is more important than the product.

Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at infocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for additional times and locations.
The Memories in the Making program is seeking art facilitators, please contact Martha Purdy, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, Associate Director of Programs atmpurdy@alz.org.


 

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