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Early Stage Support Groups
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For Persons in the Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Dementia and their Care Partners


In addition to the Early Stage Support Groups, the Alzheimer's Association has an Early Stage Social Engagement Program that meets on Fridays in Fort Worth

Recent diagnosis? Consider attending Mapping the Journey, a four-part, free caregiver education program that begins April 6, 2016

The Early Stage Support Group is a place for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's or similar dementia to meet others in like situations while their caregivers attend concurrent support group. In addition to traditional "support group" discussions, the facilitators arrange for a variety of activities, including exercise, art, outings and question and answer sessions on a variety of topics with local experts.

All potential participants of the Early Stage Support Group go through a screening process to determine eligibility. Individuals participating in the Early Stage Support Group should have the following list of characteristics.

  • Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia documented by physician.
  • Are aware of the diagnosis
  • Acknowledge, at least occaisonally, memory loss or confusion.
  • Are able to express themselves and understand others, even if there is some degree of difficulty with speech or word-finding
  • Are able and willing to discuss feelings and experiences related to illness.
  • Understand the purpose of support group, are interested and freely give consent to participate.
  • Have a caregiver or someone willing to serve as a contact person for group facilitator.

Fort Worth Early Stage Support Group
Begins February 2016
First and third Thursdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
Email Joy Eckhardt or call 817-336-4949

Bedford Early Stage Support Group
Begins February 2016
First and third Tuesdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
Email Joy Eckhardt or call 817-336-4949

Abilene Pioneers
Begins February 2016
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
4 to 6 pm
Abilene Regional Office
301 S. Pioneer, Suite 105
Abilene, TX  79615
Email Mindy Bannister or call 325-672-2907

Waco Early Stage Support Group
Begins March 1, 2016
First and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
Email Slmaselli@alz.org for more information

Or call 800-272-3900 to be directed to your local office.

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