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The Alzheimer’s Association offers programs for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders.

Changing Gears

Changing Gears is an education program built for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. this eight-week course provides insight about Alzheimer's disease as well as offering a view of what the future will hold allowing individuals and their families to prepare. The course meets weekly and serves as a prerequisite before participants can move into many of the other early stage programs. The program allows people to become familiar with the disease and its progression, build valuable friendships and allow people to get to know the Alzheimer's Association.

A special screening is necssary to be placed in the Changing Gears program. To learn  more, call 1.800.272.3900.

Younger Onset Alzheimer's Support Group

Have you been diagnosed with a memory disorder? Are you under 65 or still working? People with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias face unique challenges in addition to the challenges of simply adjusting to life with dementia. They are often trying to remain at work as long as possible or obtain disability to provide for their families, coping with friends and family not believing the diagnosis, or grieving the loss of independence at a relatively young age. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter’s Young Onset Support Group meets monthly for mutual support.


Participants must have a physician’s diagnosis of dementia.  They must have been told of, and at least occasionally acknowledge the illness, have good communication and social skills, and have a desire to participate in the group.  Participants must be willing to have a brief interview to assess for appropriateness for the group, and be able to arrange their own transportation.

For more information please call 1.800.272.3900 to set up an assessment  interview.


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