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Early Stage Programming
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Early Stage Programming

Did you know that the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, support groups and opportunities for volunteering and socialization to those living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s and related dementia? Early-Stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. In this stage individuals retain the ability to participate in daily activities and in a give-and-take dialogue.

Education-“Journeys” is a seven week series for individuals living with memory loss and their care partner. Each two hour meeting includes an educational presentation followed by separate peer discussion groups- one group of individuals living with memory loss and the other group with care partners. The next series will run from January 10th to February 21st. Pre-screening is required.

Support-The Association is starting a new support group for individuals of any age living with early stage dementia and their care partners. The Association also currently offers two evening support groups for individuals diagnosed with Young-Onset Dementia.

Volunteering-The Association is developing a monthly volunteer opportunity for individuals living in the early stage. Transportation will be provided from the Alzheimer’s Association to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City.

Socialization-Free movie screenings will be offered at the McConnell Art’s Center at 777 Evening Street in Worthington, OH. Scrooge (1935) will be shown on December 11th from 2:00-3:30 PM and The Three Stooges & Little Rascals’ Our Gang on February 5th from 2:00-3:00 PM. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association to register.

Socialization- A quarterly event will be planned at different entertaining locations around the Columbus area. Examples include The Columbus Zoo, The Franklin Park Conservatory, The Metro Parks Tram Ride, etc.

Activity-The “Sparking Imaginations” program is a group tour led by specially trained Museum docents at the Columbus Museum of Art. Participants have lively discussions in the gallery about art, ideas and memories over the course of an hour. Tours are available at 1:00 PM the last Tuesday of every month. Please call 614-629-5947 one week in advance to register.

**All opportunities require pre-screening or registration. Please contact Katie White at 1-800-272-3900 or for more information about these opportunities in Franklin County. **

The Alzheimer’s Association also offers weekly early stage socialization programs in Delaware and Marysville. The “Day Out Club” and the “Retreat” are social engagement programs designed for individuals living in the early stage of dementia who come together to exercise their brain and body, participate in community service projects, and other activities to stimulate their mind.

Please contact Bernie Sanders, LSW regarding the Day Out Club in Delaware at 740-363-1365 or Denise Brembeck, LISW regarding the Retreat in Marysville at 1-800-272-3900.


Scrooge (1935)
Tuesday, December 11th
2-3:30 pm

Faithful adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic with Seymour Hicks starring as Ebenezer Scrooge, the Christmas-hating miser.

The Three Stooges &
Little Rascal’s Our Gang

Tuesday, February 5th

A triple feature of classic comedy shorts from both series: Disorder In The CourtMalice In The Palace, and Our Gang of Follies.

Peggy R. McConnell
Arts Center of Worthington

777 Evening Street
Worthington, OH  43085

Presented by The Peggy R. McConnell and The Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio Chapter, this film series is an opportunity to relax in the Bronwynn Theatre and enjoy a daytime classic that will bring back memories from a very different era.

Registration is required, to reserve your seats please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 614-457-6003 or 1-800-272-3900.


Early Stage Dementia Support Group

Get the support you need!
An opportunity for the person with memory impairment and their family member(s) to participate in group discussions about resources and coping techniques for managing memory loss and planning for the future.

3rd Friday of the month
9:00-10:00 AM

Gerlach Center For Senior Health
3724-A Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43214

Pre-screening is required,
For more information, please contact
Katie White at (614) 457-6003


Alzheimer's Association

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