Get the Support You Need - Early Stage Programs and Caregiver Support Groups
Early Stage Programs
Early Stage Programs For People in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias
Living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia Education Series
– This is a three week interactive education series for individuals in the early stage of memory loss and their care partners and/or family members. Living with Alzheimer’s will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to adjust and navigate this chapter of your life. Sessions are held three weeks in a row for a 1-2 hour time frame. If you are interested in participating in and upcoming Living with Alzheimer’s Series, please call 800.272.3900 to register.
• Toledo, Ohio – Thursdays, March 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 Reynolds Road. Contact 800-272-3900 to register.
• Bowling Green, Ohio – Tuesdays, May 2, 9 and 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street. Contact 800-272-3900 to register.
• Tiffin, Ohio – May 8, 15 and 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St. Contact 800-272-3900 to register.
Early Stage Consultation
A trained staff member is available to meet in-person, individually with people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to provide individualized education and support. Individuals must have awareness of their diagnosis and be willing to discuss it. Topics may include diagnosis, disease process, planning, identifying coping strategies and community resources. The session can involve the individual, Care Partner and/or other family members or friends. The meeting usually takes place at one of the Association offices. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Contact 800.272.3900 to set up appointment.
BRI Care Consultation
The Care Consultation program provides ongoing, regular Care Consultation or Coaching by trained counselors by phone with individuals with Early Stage Alzheimer’s disease and their Care Partners. Contact 800.272.3900 for more information. More info
SHARE (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, Education) Program
This program will be restarted in August of 2017. The SHARE Program is a 5 session program (plus optional family session) involving and individual with Early Stage memory loss and their Care Partner. This program involves discussion about symptoms, communication, care values and preferences, healthy activities and planning for the present and future. Participants must be able to have discussion about their memory loss. Contact Brenda Hendricks, Early Stage Program Coordinator at 800.272.3900.
Transitions Education/Support Groups
The Early Stage Education and Support Group is for the individual with memory loss and their Care Partner and/or family members when possible. There is usually a topic or presenter, often followed by discussion and sharing. Some meetings the individuals with memory loss and the Care Partners are separated into separate discussion groups. Some groups involve social or engagement activities, also. Contact 800.272.3900 for more information. See flyer below for locations and times.
Social Engagement Groups
Attending a caregiver group may be difficult at first. It takes time to feel comfortable sharing your problems with people you do not know. However, the experience of many family members is that once they open up, they find their problems are not so different from those of other caregiver group members. Suddenly, the people they are sharing with are not strangers at all, and by sharing with others in the same situation, they feel less alone.
If you find it difficult to talk to family or friends, you may find it easier to express yourself in a caregiver group, where you can be honest with others who are facing similar problems.
A caregiver group can also help you feel more in control of your life, by helping you understand more about the disease. Because you will have heard how others have coped or are coping with similar situations, you will know what to expect. By sharing with those people and learning from their experiences, you may find it easier to solve problems and make difficult decisions.
The following caregiver groups are sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. These caregiver groups are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. However, it is suggested that you contact the facilitator of the group you plan to attend for the first time to confirm the time, place, and date of the meeting. For more information on caregiver groups or other programs of the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, please call 1-800-272-3900.
We are updating our list of caregiver groups at this time. Please call us to find a caregiver group near you.