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Early Stage Memory Loss programs

Covid-19 Update: During this time, many Early Stage Memory Loss programs are on hiatus, and others are being held online or by phone. Please contact us ahead of time to verify details: 1.800.272.3900 or HelplineWA@alz.org

Support groups


Early Stage Memory Loss Support Groups are regularly scheduled meetings to provide emotional, educational and social support for people living with memory loss. Some groups are specifically for younger-onset dementia, meaning they are geared towards individuals who received a dementia diagnosis before the age of 65.

Early Stage Memory Loss Support Groups are currently being offered on Zoom for anyone in our service area.

Social engagement


Zoo walks

Currently offered in King County, this weekly program offers people with memory loss and their care partners the opportunity to stay active, socialize and build relationships with others in similar situations. The group walks through the Woodland Park Zoo, enjoying various exhibits, then enjoys conversation and social connection over coffee in the zoo café. Click here for the Zoo Walk flyer.

Momentia

Momentia is a grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community. The Puget Sound region is home to a variety of dementia-friendly opportunities offered by a growing number of community members and organizations. Click here to learn more!

Southeast Washington

We offer unique opportunities for social engagement funded by Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care, especially for residents of Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Kittitas, Walla Walla and Yakima counties. For more information about these programs, please contact Julie Hooley at jmhooley@alz.org or 509.392.8571.

  • Physical Fitness at Home: Join us for a series presented via a webinar call catering to people living with Early Stage Memory Loss and their care partners. These sessions are 30-45 minutes long.
  • Weekly Connection Social Hour: Join us for a virtual social hour for people in early-stage memory loss and their loved ones. Make new friends and connect with others. A smart phone, tablet, or computer/laptop with a microphone and speakers is required. 
  • Staying Connected: A health promotion and social support program that consists of four weekly 90-minute sessions for people living with memory loss and a companion or care partner. Sessions include a topic discussion, time for socializing and a pleasant homework assignment. The program is designed to benefit the health, mood and cognitive function of adults living with memory loss.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A free six-week educational series for family caregivers. Join us to learn about identifying and reducing personal stress, communication types and strategies, taking care of you, making tough caregiving decisions and family meetings. 
  • Memory Cafe: At a Memory Café, persons living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
    and their loved ones enjoy socializing in a relaxed café setting. There is no set agenda. Families meet and socialize in an environment that is accepting and non-judgmental.
    • Richland, WA: 4th Sunday of every month. Learn more. 
    • Clarkston, WA: 4th Thursday of every month. Learn more. 

Early Stage Memory Loss Advisory Council

The Early Stage Memory Loss Advisory Council is comprised of individuals living with mild memory loss and related changes across Washington State and Northern Idaho. Members of the advisory Council assist with chapter initiatives and marketing efforts, engage their local community, serve as ambassadors for the Alzheimer's Association, and help guide the topics covered at local forums and conferences.