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  • increasing feelings of connectedness
  • enhancing communication with others
  • building support together


The REC Center is designed to meet the unique needs of people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. We provide opportunities to participate in meaningful experiences in a welcoming community environment.

At the REC Center we believe that together we are stronger.

REC at a Glance

Humans have an amazing ability to adapt during times of change; people can continue to grow despite their challenges. The REC Center provides programs to maintain an active and enriching lifestyle.

Social Engagement. You don’t have to feel alone. The REC Center allows you to socialize with others, ask important questions and share your experiences. By interacting with one another, participants can talk about the ways that Alzheimer’s is affecting their lives without the stigma.
Stimulating Cultural Events. Take advantage of scheduled, discounted trips to the cinema, theater, museums, events in performing arts, and history tours. Enrich yourself along with your family and friends, while engaging with the community and the arts.
Creative Activities. Explore new experiences and rekindle old hobbies or interests. Connect with others through creative expression to stimulate experiences, increase communication, reduce stress and enhance coping skills.
Volunteerism and Advocacy Initiatives. Gain a sense of purpose by personally contributing to Alzheimer's initiatives, advocacy campaigns and outreach. Help support our mission by completing projects that help promote awareness and education in the community.
Clinical Advisement and Care Planning. Receive professional support and guidance. Our staff can assist you in understanding where you are, develop a plan for the future and every point in between. We will help you navigate the journey.

Here's How to Get Started
  1. CALL our REC Center stall at 215.561.2919 to schedule a meeting or email Julie Teixeira, REC Center Coordinator.
  2. ATTEND a Living with Alzheimer's for Persons with Dementia education program.
  3. USE this website to become aware of all the opportunities available.


What do you mean by “early stage”?
Early stage refers to people irrespective of age who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder and are in the beginning stages of the disease.

Is there a cost?
There is a nominal charge per 10 week session to join the REC Center. Participants are granted access to all of the REC Center programming, event opportunities and other early stage initiatives.

What happens when I can no longer participate in REC?
The REC Center is for people with early stage cognitive loss, however, in times of transition, our clinical team will work with you and your family to provide:

  • Care consultation services for future planning
  • Complementary support programs for caregivers, including but not limited to:
    + support groups
    + additional education
    + 24/7 Helpline
  • Access to our Memories in the Making® (MIM) art program.


"REC Center provides
meaningful activities
in a caring and safe
environment, support
when I ask for it, and
time off from caregiver
– Peg W.

Early-Stage Support Groups. Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter has been the community leader in providing early stage dual support groups. Learning Together: A Specialized Program for Individuals with Memory Loss and their Families is an informational and supportive group that makes it possible for families to learn more about the disease, as well as understand their feelings about the changes dementia has made on their daily life.

Educational Events. Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Dementia, is an interactive three-part program 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. For a complete listing of consumer educational programs, visit the Education page on this website.

Peer-to-Peer. Anyone can listen. Not everyone can understand. The Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program is a unique service designed to connect newly diagnosed individuals with others living in the early stage of the disease. Via telephone, volunteers will answer questions, share their perspectives and experiences, and provide information about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

The Arts and Cultural Program is designed to provide structured, pleasant artistic and cultural experiences to caregivers, family and friends along with those in the early to moderate stages of cognitive impairment. Through this program, people may engage in intellectually stimulating and entertaining activities that will also provide new social experiences for personal engagement! The cost for each event is $1 per ticket, unless listed otherwise.

Helpline. Our toll-free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) is available in over 160 languages and is staffed by professionals and trained volunteers who provide information, emotional support, education, resource listings and general information to callers. (The Helpline is partially funded by Genesis HealthCare.)


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