Peers & Partners
Have you or someone you care about been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder?
Do you have questions about what this diagnosis means for you?
What is Peers & Partners?
Peers & Partners is an education and support program for people recently diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder and their families and/or friends.
In the Peers & Partners program, diagnosed individuals and their loved ones partner together to learn about the disease and how they can manage it. While both participants attend Peers & Partners together, they also get the chance to meet separately, with other diagnosed individuals and family members. Peers & Partners gives participants the chance to talk to others in similar situations and to get support from each other.
Who can attend Peers & Partners?
In order to participate in Peers & Partners , individuals must have received a diagnosis* of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, be aware of the diagnosis, and be comfortable discussing it in a group setting.
Diagnosed individuals participating in Peers & Partners must also attend with a family member and/or friend.*
*The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia wants as many people as possible to benefit from Peers & Partners . If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.
Peers & Partners participants meet once a week for 8 weeks. Each meeting is interactive and lasts about two hours. There are guest speakers who share their expertise on various topics.
Week 1: Meeting Other Travelers - getting to know each other.
Week 2: Where the Journey May Take You - overview of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and discussion of diagnostic experience.
Week 3: Traveling Together - enhancing communication to meet the challenges of present and future changes brought on by a memory disorder.
Week 4: A Day at a Time - dealing with everyday events, tips for dealing with memory loss
Week 5: Managing Change - maintaining a healthy attitude, dealing with feelings about recent changes.
Week 6: Medical Update - current information on the disease, research, and treatment.
Week 7: Check Points - insight into legal issues and preparing for the future.
Week 8: The Road Ahead – learning about relevant community resources.