If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you are not alone.
“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 in a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with “younger onset” dementia who develop the disease under age 65.
There is much you can do in the early stage to cope with the changes ahead.
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?
Our early-stage programs seek to elevate the voice of those living with early-stage Alzheimer's to change public perceptions about who has the disease, what it means to be living with Alzheimer's and related dementias, and to engage constituents.
To read the description for a particular program, as well as a list of when and where the program will be held, please click on the name of the program below.
- Memories in the Making® – A watercolor 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.
- artNOW – A series of relaxing and creative gallery tours and art-making classes for individuals living with dementia and their care parnters.
- Staying Connected – A social program for people living with dementia and their caregivers to share their strategies for living with the disease and to learn how to make each day count.
- Staying in Motion – A dementia-friendly physical activity program started in 2013 for people with dementia and their caregivers. Staying in Motion teaches safe stretching, strengthening, and endurance exercises and the importance of relaxation, along with how regular physical activity can reverse age-related decline and how exercising regularly can improve your balance and flexibility.
To request a program at your place of worship, senior center or community group, please call 1-800-272-3900.
Early-Stage Support Groups
Support groups are available for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their care partners. Click here for more information.
View upcoming programs and support groups in your community by clicking on the links below. Check back for updates!
Portland Metro: Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Yamhill, Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Morrow, Grant, Umatilla, Union, Baker and Wallowa Counties
Cascade Coast: Lincoln, Lane and Douglas Counties
- Cascade Coast TBD
Central Oregon: Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Lake, Harney and Malheur Counties
Southern Oregon: Coos, Curry, Josephine, Jackson and Klamath Counties
- Southern Oregon TBD
Mid-Willamette Valley: Polk, Benton, Marion and Linn Counties
- Mid-Willamette Valley TBD