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Early Memory Loss
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What is Early Memory Loss?

At first, there is mild concern – the misplaced keys and occasional memory lapses. Gradually, the lapses become more frequent and there begins a growing kernel of concern, “Is it Alzheimer’s or is it just standard aging stuff?”

Unfortunately, many people overlook or deny the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s (memory loss, confusion, repetitive speech) and delay diagnosis and treatment. We can help address your growing concerns, enable earlier treatment, and empower you and your loved ones to plan for the future, including financial and legal matters.

Please contact Donna Velarde, LCSW at or 949.757.3759 for more information about our Early Memory Loss programs and services.

Services Available

Take Charge Early Memory Loss Group (EML)

A 4-week supportive/educational group for adults (and their care partners) to meet with others in similar situations, and work with compassionate experienced professional facilitators.

Participants explore subjects related to memory loss, such as:

  • Medications
  • Coping techniques
  • Family and social relationships
  • Planning for the future

The 4-week series is offered in Irvine, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo at no charge.

Connect 2 Culture & More

Social, cultural and art activities for people with dementia. Participate in guided visits and discussions at the Bowers Museum, art classes and other special events.
Click here to view the Connect 2 Culture Activity Calendar>>

Family Consultations
Whether you have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or are worried about a loved one, we are here to help by providing information and support. The goal of family care consultations is to help individuals with dementia and their care partner(s) create a personalized care plan for now and the future. Care consultations may be in-person or over the phone.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities for persons diagnosed with early memory loss and their family - provides meaningful volunteer and social activities.

For more information call Brent Deines at 949.757.3728.

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