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We're here for you from the beginning.

Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with or exhibiting signs of memory loss? The Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter is here for you with the resources and support needed to navigate this difficult journey. We offer educational programs, support groups, and social and recreational programs. Below is a listing of our current offerings. If you are in need of more information, please contact Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900.

 

EARLY STAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

*Please note that all Community Education Programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted..


BROWARD COUNTY

Education Series Exclusive to Early Stage and Newly Diagnosed Persons
Each Thursday from July 17th - July 31st, 2014 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM with light refreshments.
Memorial CARES, 2261 N. University Dr., Suite 103, Pembroke Pines, FL  33024
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Your RSVP by July 15th registers you for the entire series.  Please call Chris at 800-272-3900 or email cdragomer@alz.org.

Early Stage Education Series
August 5th, August 19th and September 16th, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Peninsula, 5100 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hollywood, FL  33023
Lunch & Learn Series for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's and/or related dementias, caregivers and professionals.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. RSVP to Debbie Hanson at 954-893-7755 by August 1st, 2014.  Your RSVP registers you for the entire series.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Early Stage Education Program
Saturday, August 2nd
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Always at Your Side Adult Day Care Inc.
13965 NW 67 Ave. Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Pre-registration is required, please call Gloria Orlandi at 800-272-3900 or email gorlandikass@alz.org
---RSVP by July 30, 2014. Breakfast will be provided, courtesy of Always at your Side Adult Day Care Inc.
Spanish speakers will be on site to facilitate Spanish speaking caregivers.
View the flyer here.


EARLY STAGE SUPPORT GROUPS

For additional information about Alzheimer’s Association support groups, please call our Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Disclaimer Statement: The day and time of support groups may be changed without Chapter knowledge. Please call the group’s facilitator to confirm before attending a meeting for the first time.

*Note that these support groups are all sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For information on additional community support groups offered by other organizations, please visit www.communityresourcefinder.us.


Telephone Support Groups

English Telephone Support Group for Younger-Onset Early Stage Individuals (Diagnosed before age 65)
Every Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
For more information, please call Nancy Ginden, MHC at 772-370-1299


In-Person Early Stage Support Groups


PALM BEACH COUNTY

Alzheimer’s Association, West Palm Beach, FL  33406
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Facilitators:  Dr. Evelyn Bohm and Donna True, LCSW
Early Stage Group – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Participants MUST pre-register and be screened for this group.  Call Donna True or Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900.
1st Wednesdays are support meetings and 3rd Wednesdays are social outings


BROWARD COUNTY

Broward Health North, Neuro Resource Center
201 E. Sample Road; Deerfield Beach, FL 33064
2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators: Chris Dragomer, MSW & Jean Merget, BSW
Early Stage Group – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Participants MUST pre-register and be screened for this group. Call Chris Dragomer at 800-272-3900 or Jean Merget at 954-786-7335
.

Memorial CARES; Memorial Hospital Pembroke
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Early Stage Group – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Participants MUST pre-register and be screened for this group. Call Chris Dragomer or Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900
Early Stage Group – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Wien Center, Miami Beach, FL  33180
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Facilitator:  Gloria Orlandi
Early stage group for persons recently diagnosed with memory impairment – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Participants MUST pre-register and be screened for this group. For more information on dates and times, and to register please call Gloria Orlandi-Kass at 800-272-3900.

Center on Aging, Memory Disorders Center of the University of Miami Miller
School of Medicine
Starting in July, 2014
Early Stage Group – Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Participants MUST pre-register and be screened for this group. For more information on dates and times, and to register please call Gloria Orlandi-Kass at 800-272-3900.


TREASURE COAST

Alzheimer’s Association, SE Florida Chapter; Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Facilitators: Donna True and Laura Zel
Early Stage Group - Congruent Patient and Caregiver Sessions
Please call for prescreening, registration and location: 800-272-3900


EARLY STAGE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

A Time to Talk: Don’t Face This Alone
Sign up for our TIME TO TALK telephone reassurance program and connect with others who have also been recently diagnosed.
You will be assigned a mentor who will call you weekly. Your mentor will help you identify community resources, prepare for and cope with life changes, and help you build a supportive network of friends. For more information, call Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900 or email her at jbrodarick@alz.org. Click here to download the flier.

Cooking Class
Date:  Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location:  Wellington Whole Foods
2635 Florida State Rd. 7
Wellington, FL  33414
This cooking class event is $5 for participants and includes the meal we prepare.  Participants MUST pre-register to attend.  Please call Dr. Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900.

Botanical Gardens Visit
Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Mounts Botanical Gardens
531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415 
This event is FREE of charge and we will take a self-guided tour. Participants MUST pre-register to attend.  Please call Dr. Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900.

Science Center Visit
Date:  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location:  South Florida Science Center
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Silver Science Day.  $7 admission with complimentary planetarium and coffee and snacks.  Please pre-register by calling Dr. Jamie Brodarick at 800-272-3900.


 

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