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If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia, you are not alone. Our early-stage initiative provides comprehensive programs for individuals living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. 

State-Wide Early Stage Socialization Program Calendar (Virtual). Whether you're looking to join a support group, or participate in social engagement opportunities with others living with Alzheimer's or dementia, we have many opportunities to connect. Click here to see the full calendar of events.
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Changing Gears Education Program
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. This 8-week (one 2 hour class each week) interactive program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis and their care partners to learn more about the disease, and navigating the road ahead. Topics include: 

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes and making decisions
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Changing Gears sessions are offered three times per year. Dates coming soon!

Living Well for Younger Onset Series
When someone under 65 is diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, many questions may arise. This quarterly program is designed to provide answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-onset Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.
Topics include: 
 
  • Developing a care team
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Coping strategies
  • Care and treatment options
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Maximizing independence
Living Well for Younger Onset Series -Dates coming soon!

Live Well Online Resources
Living a quality life in the early stage of Alzheimer's is a choice. The online tools below can help empower those facing an early stage diagnosis to take steps to live well for as long as possible, and find the confidence to face challenges ahead.
  Care Consultations
Care Consultation provides support, solution-focused care planning and referral to community and chapter services for families impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia. This service us currently provided over the phone or via video conferencing. It is designed for those who may be overwhelmed by stress, have difficulty finding services, are confused about symptoms, and/or face complicated family dynamics. For further information, call the 24/Hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Get Involved
Join the fight against Alzheimer's disease by becoming a volunteer. From planning an event to hosting a support group to providing office support, there are many ways to get involved. See below for opportunities that best fit your interest and availability.

Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.