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Early-Stage Programs
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Website Resources for People with Alzheimer's Disease

The Association now has a new resource to offer early-stage constituents with the recent launch of the new I Have Alzheimer's Web pages. Developed with input from people living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, the Web pages provide valuable resources and personal insights, and they help answer many questions a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s creates, including:

  • How do others respond to their diagnosis?
  • How do I live day to day?
  • How do I plan for my future?
  • What should I expect as the disease progresses?
  • What resources are available through the Alzheimer's Association?


Early-Stage Programs

In January 2006, the Alzheimer's Association launched an Early-Stage Initiative to gather information about current early-stage programs and to explore the best ways to provide services to the emerging early-stage population. Recognizing the changing demographics of our aging population and science advancements on the horizon, the Association sought to create an engaging and positive experience for early-stage constituents upon first contact with the Association.

In 2008, in support of this initiative, the Alzheimer's Association launched the Early-Stage Memory Loss Series, a seven-week education and support program designed to engage both the person with the disease and his or her care partner. This program also served as an opportunity to explore potential early-stage activities that would best meet the needs of the community. These efforts resulted in the development of the following programs:

  • Memories in the Making® – A water-color painting program for people with Alzheimer's, adopted in spring of 2012 and formatted to meet the needs of people in the early stages of Alzheimer's who live in a community setting.
  • Sing Here Now – A choir for people with Alzheimer's, formed in 2011 in collaboration with Earthtones Music Therapy Services in Portland.

 

Early Memory Loss Workshop

The Early-Stage Memory Loss Series is a six-week education and support program designed to engage both individuals with the disease and their care partner. Sessions include information on coping with memory loss, treatments and research, available resources, and planning for the future. Screening and registration are required. Call 800-272-3900 with questions or to register.

The early memory loss workshop is not currently scheduled. Please check back later.

 

Staying in Motion*

Staying in Motion is a four-week program focused on movement and strength. Research has shown that staying active can improve mood, memory, and cognitive functioning, and this program promotes overall health through physical activity. Staying in Motion is designed for people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. All participants will learn about the health benefits of exercise, as well as how to initiate a fitness plan and carry it out safely at home. Screening and registration are required. Call 800-272-3900 with questions or to register.


Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dates: Every Monday from Oct. 6 to 27 (four consecutive Mondays)
Location: Rose Villa
13505 SE River Road
Portland, OR 97222

Staying Connected*

Staying Connected is a four-week program based on social support, i.e., being with and talking to others. Through social support, people with early-stage memory loss learn how to cope — and live — with having memory loss. Program participants learn about memory aids and strategies to help them remember and enjoy familiar pastimes. Staying Connected also provides support for social aspects of the disease, including how to communicate your memory changes to others. Screening and registration are required. Call 800-272-3900 with questions or to register.

Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Dates: Every Tuesday from Oct. 7 to 28 (four consecutive Tuesdays)
Location: Terwilliger Plaza
2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97201

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Dates: Every Monday from Nov. 3 to 24 (four consecutive Mondays)
Location: Rose Villa
13505 SE River Road
Portland, OR 97222


* Staying in Motion and Staying Connected are funded in part by a grant from the Administration for Community Living and are provided in partnership with Oregon's ADRCs.


For more information about the Early Memory Loss Workshop, Staying in Motion and Staying Connected, call 800-272-3900.

 

Participants

These programs are developed to engage individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and their care partners. "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 a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with "younger onset" who develop dementia before65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.

Goal

These programs provide a natural, social atmosphere allowing individuals in the early stages of the diagnosis, as well as their family members or care partners, to share in the development of a social community. The goal of the Early Stage Initiative is to elevate the voices of those living with early-stage Alzheimer's, to change public perceptions about who has the disease, and what it means to be living with Alzheimer's and related dementias.


Early-Stage Support Groups

Support groups are available for individuals in the early stages and their care partners.  Click here for more information. 


 

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