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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. 

Changing Gears Education Program
A dementia diagnosis can feel life-altering. While the disease is difficult, you do not have to stop living. This 4-week series is an educational program about shifting your focus and way of life, in order to make living with Alzheimer's disease easier for you and your care partner. This program covers the basics of Alzheimer's disease and extends into planning and preparing for the months ahead. We encourage individuals and their caregivers to attend all sessions. 

Plano Library Memory Keepers
Memory Keepers is a virtual program for those experiencing early stage dementia and a family member or care partner to share memories through guided prompts in a relaxing space.

Program dates & times:
  • Aug 15, 2022 10:30 AM
  • Sep 19, 2022 10:30 AM
  • Oct 17, 2022 10:30 AM
  • Nov 21, 2022 10:30 AM
  • Dec 19, 2022 10:30 AM
Register today by clicking here.
 

Connections at SMU Meadows Museum
A program for adults with early stage dementia plus their care partners and family members with the Meadows Museum, SMU. Presented on Zoom. Click here for a downloadable flyer. 

  • SOCIALIZE during light refreshments.
  • EXPLORE art through interactive activities.
  • CONNECT and reconnect with friends.
  • DISCOVER works of art through music, movement, food, and storytelling.
Connections Program
  • Wednesdays from 10:30 AM –12:00 PM
    • September 7, 14, & 21
    • November 2, 9, & 16
Re-Connections Program
  • Wednesdays from 10:30 –11:30 AM
    • October 5
    • December 7
FREE program - register by emailing museumaccess@smu.edu
 

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 24/7 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.