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Peer-to-Peer
Anyone can listen. Not everyone can understand. The Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program is a unique service designed to connect newly diagnosed individuals with others living in the early stage of the disease. Via telephone, volunteers will answer questions, share their perspectives and experiences, and provide information about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

Early Stage Support Groups
Since 2001, the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter has been the community leader in providing early stage dual support groups.  Learning Together: A Specialized Program for Individuals with Memory Loss and their Families is an informational and supportive group offers an opportunity for families to learn more about the disease, as well as understand their feelings about the changes dementia has made on their daily lives.  Early stage persons and care partners must attend together.

Early Stage Support Groups meet weekly for 8 week sessions and cover a range of topics including: The Basics of Dementia and Alzheimer’s, Disclosure and Changing Relationships, Tools for Maintaining Independence and more.
A sample of reactions from Group members sum up the benefits gained from participation:

“My Peer-to-Peer caller was very kind and supportive.  I am already looking forward to my next call.”
“I love my support group.  Once I come through the door and see the others, I feel normal again.”
“I forget words and feel self-conscience about it, but not here.  Everyone understands and I can be me.”

For more information, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900
or contact Julie Thomas, Associate Director Clinical Services
Julie.thomas@alz.org

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