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Life doesn't stop with a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's

In fact, staying actively engaged in life and avoiding isolation is important to the health and emotional well-being of people living with memory loss and caregivers.

It's also important that you learn as much as you can about what to expect and plan for what lies ahead. So, we've created a special program to help you do both:

Living Your Best with Early Stage Alzheimer's

This program is specifically designed for those newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia and their care partners. Living Your Best with Early Stage Alzheimer's is a 12-session series that combines programming from the Alzheimer's Association's Living with Alzheimer's curriculum with discussion and support activities. At each session, the whole group will spend some time together, and then split into groups of diagnosed individuals and care partners. The Living with Alzheimer's programs for both diagnosed individuals and their caregivers provide information and resources on:

  • developing a care team
  • legal and financial planning
  • coping strategies
  • care and treatment options
  • communicating and connecting, and
  • maximizing independence.

Support groups provide an opportunity for participants to talk freely and confidentially about shared experiences and provide each other with empathy, compassion and support. Living Your Best with Early Stage Alzheimer's will alternate educational sessions with support/discussion sessions, where participants will have time to discuss the mutual experience of putting into practice the strategies and methods discussed in the Living with Alzheimer's education sessions.

Due to the programs interactive nature, Living Your Best with Early Stage Alzheimer's enrollment is limited and there is a brief screening process to ensure participants are able to fully participate. To learn more and to enroll, email or 518.867.4999 x209.

Other Early Stage Engagement Programs

Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York Chapter encourages individuals with memory loss and their care partners to seek out activties that promote healthy living and engage the mind and body through physical, social and creative activities. Our program staff has worked with professionals involved with the creation of the early-stage engagement programs listed below, and we encourage participation in these and similar programs.

Alzheimer's Cafés

Alzheimer's cafés are gatherings and occasions where persons with dementia and/or their carepartners and friends can be together in a safe, welcoming environment in the company of others with similar challenges, along with volunteers and health care professionals, for the purpose of emotional support, education and social interaction. A concept that originated in the United Kingdom, Alzheimer's cafés are growing in number in the United States.

at The Plains at Parish Homestead
163 Heritage Circle in Oneonta
3rd Wednesday of each month
Room and times vary. To confirm email, call
607.267.4013 or visit them on Facebook

Art and Music

Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed.

The Joytones is a chorus for people with memory disorders and their singing care partners. There are no auditions. The Joytones is open to individuals at any level of singing ability.
Practices are held on Tuesdays at 10:30 am at
Shenendehowa United Methodist Church in Clifton Park
For more information, call Bill Hinrichs at 518.867.4999 x203
or email

Here and Now at the Hyde Collection
Art Museum, Historic House and Gardens
161 Warren Street in Glens Falls
Here and Now is a free museum program designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges and their care partners. A museum educator leads conversation about works of art that encourages social interaction and communication. For information on scheduled programs or to arrange a program off site, contact June Leary at 518.792.1761 x27 or

This is not, nor is it intended to be, an all inclusive listing of early-stage engagement opporunities. If you administer a program you would like to see included on this page, please contact Bill Hinrichs at 518.867.4999 x203 or to learn more about working with the Alzheimer's Association.


Alzheimer's Association

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