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Early Stage Services
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Early Stage

"Early-Stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. In this stage they retain the ability to participate in daily activities and in a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with "younger-onset" that develop dementia under age 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.


Younger-onset Alzheimer's, also known as early-onset Alzheimer's, refers to those individuals younger than age 65 who have a diagnosis or Alzheimer's disease — and does not refer to a specific stage of the disease progression. People with younger-onset dementia can be in any stage, early through late. In addition, younger-onset Alzheimer's is already commonly used in many international communities, including Australia and parts of Europe, and there is value in seeking not only to be consistent but also in using this as a better descriptor of the person with the disease.


These workshops are specifically for individuals with younger-onset dementia (those who received a diagnosis before the age of 65) and their care partners.

Workshops will include guest speakers and time in separate but simultaneous small groups for those with the diagnosis and care partners.

Saturdays, 10 am – noon
• January 28, 2017
• April 22, 2017
• July 22, 2017
• October 28, 2017

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
25 Winfield Rd.
Winfield, IL 60190

Location: Auditorium

Interview Required. Please call to schedule and to RSVP, as room location may change - view workshop flyer

  • Theresa Dewey - 847.779.6963
  • Peggy Rubenstein - 847.324.0364


Early Stage Social Gatherings
A diagnosis of early-stage dementia or MCI (mild cognitive impairment) does not mean you have to stop living! Join us as we seek to live joyfully while boosting our physical, emotional, and social health. These programs are designed specifically for those living with early-stage dementia or MCI and their loved ones.

Who should attend
Individuals with MCI or early-stage dementia and their care partners.

Meets the third Thursday of the month at:
Alzheimer’s Association
Greater Illinois Chapter
8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 800
Chicago Illinois 60631

  • Thursday, May 18
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Pre-screening required for new group members. To register, call:

  • Theresa Dewey - 847.779.6963
  • Peggy Rubenstein - 847.324.0364


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.