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Take Charge! Early Memory Loss Program

Learning about your diagnosis and acknowledging your feelings is the first step towards empowering yourself to Take Charge of your life and make decisions that will help you live well with dementia. This program is a unique opportunity for persons living with early stage memory loss to come together with their care partners (friends or family) for a 8-week educational support series.

Participants will learn about:
  • Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, community resources
  • Developing your care team
  • Understanding  Alzheimer’s and
    other dementias
  • Medications and partnering with your doctor
  • Legal planning
  • Effective communication, coping with emotions and sharing your diagnosis
  • Maximizing independence and maintaining safety, strategies for daily living 
  • Research update, clinical trials and future approaches

A brief interview is required for enrollment. Please contact Kelly Rein, MSW: 858-966-3291 to schedule an interview.

Supported by a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

Early Stage Connections

Get out, get active and get connected! Early Stage Connections offers a comfortable way to have fun and socialize with others who are living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Upcoming Events held atThe Water Conservation Garden:
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019

Thursday March 26, 2015 - 10:00-11:30am
Carlsbad Flower Fields Tour:
Tour the beautiful Flower Fields in Carlsbad at the height of their bloom season. Bring your lunch to picnic afterwards! Meet at The Flower Fields 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 92008.

Thursday April 9, 2015 - 10:00-11:30am
Plant bulbs for Spring:
Dig-in! Learn the meaning behind a flower, and tour the beautiful Water Conservation Garden. Meet at the Water Conservation Garden 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, 92019.

Thursday April 23, 2015 - 10:00-11:30am
Museum of Photographic Arts Sunprint Workshop:
Dive into the origins of photography and create a set of unique photographic prints using just sunlight and water! Meet at MOPA 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103.

Thursday May 14, 2015 - 10:00-11:30am
Music by the Charger’s Band: Join us and the San Diego Chargers' band for a morning of laughter, dancing and great music. Meet at the Alzheimer’s Association 6632 Convoy Court San Diego, 92111.

Thursday May 28, 2015 - 10:00am-12:00pm
Play mini golf: Fore! Join us for miniature golf at Boomers! San Diego. Meet at Boomers 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, 92111.

Thursday June 11, 2015 - 10:00-11:30am
Butterfly garden tour: Visit the butterfly garden and pavilion, home to native butterflies and their favorite plants. Meet at the Water Conservation Garden 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon, 92019.

Thursday June 25, 2015 - 2:00-3:00pm
Tour of Central Library, Downtown San Diego: See the iconic architecture and diversity of programs and services available. Meet at the Central Library, Downtown, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101.

RSVP required for each event. Please contact Kelly Rein, MSW 858-966-3291.


Supported by a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.
*This program is designed for persons with early stage dementia to attend with their care partner(s).

Early Memory Loss Support Group

If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with early stage dementia, you are not alone. As the disease progresses form early stage into middle stages and beyond, we ensure our families have access to the added help they will need in an environment that is positive and appropriate for both the caregiver and their loved one with dementia.

A brief interview is required for enrollment. Please contact Kelly Rein, MSW: 858-966-3291 to schedule an interview.

Social Activities & Programs

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