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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
 Connection Café
 Meet Me Programs
 Support and Alumni Groups
 ⇒ 'I have Alzheimer’s' Webpage

Our First Steps education program is an interactive four to six-part education program based on our Living with Alzheimer’s series where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. 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. This program uses our Taking Action Workbook and 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 to meet for fun, food and fellowship! Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at infocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Meet Me Programs
Join us for a series of meaningful activities specifically designed for people newly diagnosed and/or in the early stages with their caregivers. This is an opportunity to meet and build relationships with people who have walked or are walking in your shoes. Check the Chapter calendar, email us at infocnfl@alz.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Meet Me at Cranes Roost
Meet Me in Tallahassee

Support Groups - Click here for a full list of our Support Groups

Navigating as Couples
Arden Courts
1057 Willa Springs Drive
Winter Springs, FL 32708
1st Thursday - 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Martha Purdy, LCSW facilitates a monthly support group for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. Lunch is provided by Arden Courts. Please RSVP to (800) 272-3900.

Alumni Groups
Center for Family Caregiving
3661 S Babcock St
Melbourne, FL
1st Wednesday - 2:00 PM
Prerequisite attendance in EASE or First Steps Program

First United Methodist Church
825 Forrest Ave.
Cocoa, FL 32922
2nd Tuesday – 10:30 AM
Prerequisite attendance in EASE or First Steps Program

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


 

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