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Early Stage Services
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If you, a friend or family member was recently diagnosed, the early stage programs may be for you.
Currently we offer early stage services in three areas: 
    
Northridge, Greater San Fernando Valley
21515 Vanowen Blvd., Ste 120
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(800) 272-3900 

Los Angeles
4221 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 400
Amy Landers, MSW (323) 930-6256  

Rancho Mirage,Coachella Valley-Rancho Mirage
(760) 328-6767
Early stage services include:

Brochures

We have two brochures on the special planning needs of early stage individuals: 
  • Early Stage Memory Loss: Planning for the Future download brochure
  • Making Your Voice Heard: Maintaining Autonomy download brochure
  • The Alzheimer’s Association also offers dozens of other fact sheets and brochures. Click here for a listing or call our library: (800) 272-3900.

     

    Family Consultations

    Whether you have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia we are here to help by providing information, support, guidance and resources. The goals of an early stage consultation include:
    • Helping individuals with a dementia and their care partner(s) to create a personalized care plan, which may include participation in the Memory Club
    • Answering questions about early stage & early onset dementia
    • Providing referrals to services and other supportive programs in the community
    • Providing relevant education materials and event information
    • Providing information about clinical trials, research and medications
    • Connecting newly diagnosed individuals and their care-partners to graduates of the Memory Club who can provide one-on-one peer support
     

    The Memory Club

    The Memory Club is a cutting edge program specifically designed for individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and their care partner. The Memory Club is a comprehensive support, education and peer group that meets weekly. The mission of the Memory Club is to support and empower individuals and care partners as they deal with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related memory loss disorders, and to shed light on important issues and challenges as they arise. Together we learn about dementia and its emotional impact on individuals, care partners and families. Ultimately, our aim is to create an atmosphere that nurtures new friendships and peer support during and beyond the group experience. The following themes are a sample of the issues addressed in the Memory Club:
    • Understanding the disease process          
    • Family dynamics
    • Safety
    • Practical planning for the future
    • Emotional & psychological responses to the diagnosis
    • Communication
    • Honoring independence vs. taking over
    • Coping strategies
    • Changing responsibilities, roles & task sharing

    The Graduation Club

    Graduates from the Memory Club who meet criteria for early stage participation may choose to continue in the “Grad Club”  The Grad Club maintains the same objectives as the Memory Club while utilizing the input of current members to guide programming and topic discussions. Additionally, the Grad Club incorporates reminiscing as well as cognitive stimulation activities in the group for persons with dementia.

    Program Replication

    Community organizations have recognized the value and need for additional early stage support group models such as the Memory Club. The Association is working with organizations to replicate our programming. The Memory Club program is being replicated at Beach Cities Health District in Redondo Beach as well as Huntington Hospital’s Senior Care Network in Pasadena.
    Early Memory Loss Forum
    A one-day, interactive symposium in Southern California created by and for people with early stage Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The purpose of this conference is to provide a centralized symposium of support, education and networking. Additionally, the conference provides a forum for people to speak out on their own behalf on issues of direct concern. For information, visit the EMLF page

    The Heart of Looking at Art

    This program follows the MOMA Alzheimer's Project guidelines developed by the Museum of Modern Art for making art accessible to people with dementia. This program is offered to individuals with early to mid stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and their care partners. The program takes place in the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).    

    Alzheimer's Association's Volunteer Task Force

    The Volunteer Task Force is a pool of passionate, self-identified, persons with the diagnosis and their care partners who are willing to be called upon by the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter, for assistance with "Alzheimer's Awareness." Awareness activities include advocacy efforts, media and educational outreach, fundraising, input, advice and opinions on program development.

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