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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, February 12, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

For the LOVE of plants! Join our educators at The Water Conservation Garden for a Valentine’s class. Learn tips for potted plants and home gardens, view succulent arrangements made by our docent volunteers and create your own romantic succulent plant design.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dig in! Plant bulbs for Easter, learn the meaning behind a flower, and tour the beautiful Water Conservation Garden.   

Thursday, June 11, 2015 • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Butterflies! Visit the butterfly pavilion, home to native butterflies and their favorite plants. You may even glimpse a Monarch butterfly emerging!

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.
*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.

The Alzheimer's Association's early-stage support groups are led by trained facilitators and offer dementia-related education, resources, emotional support and connections with others living with dementia and their care partners. Build relationships and learn from peers affected by early memory loss who understand what you are going through. This is a concurrent support group, meaning the care partners meet together in a separate room with their peers, while persons living with dementia meet in a different room with their peers. Both groups are professionally facilitated.

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

**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.

Social Activities & Programs


Wellness means supporting the mind, body and spirit! Walking can have many benefits, including improved mood, better sleep, maintaining strength and balance, maintenance of motor skills, influencing alertness and recall, promoting healthy coping behaviors, and enhanced interpersonal skills. Open to individuals with dementia as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Check with your doctor first about any exercise regimen.. Learn More>>



Memories in the Making® is a unique program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to express themselves through art. Through the creative process of painting, participants are able to communicate, offering us the essence of themselves. Learn More>>




Experiential music-making series for persons with dementia and their care partner in a safe and enjoyable setting.. Learn More>>


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