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Early-Stage Resources
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Early-Stage Advisory Council

The purpose of the council is to:

  • Raise awareness about early-stage issues.
  • Inform the public about the work of the Chapter Act as a spokesperson for the media opportunities.
  • Advocate to increase funding for research and support programs.
  • Support the Chapter in providing the most appropriate services or people living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.

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Early-Stage Social Club / Early-Stage Social Engagement Club

The Early-Stage Social Club (Detroit) and Early-Stage Social Engagement Club (Grand Rapids) are recreational programs that promote cognitive, physical and social well-being for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. They promote relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. This is a unique opportunity for individuals in the early stages to create meaningful experiences focusing on the mind and body. Participants will enjoy a comfortable environment that fosters socialization and connection with others going through similar life experiences.
  • Detroit Early-Stage Social Club
    Join us for chair yoga followed by a coffee social for those living in the early stages of dementia. The current session is held in our Southfield office, the group meets April 4 &18, May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20, July 18, and August 1 & 5 from 1-3 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-assessment is required. For more information or to register, contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or email here for a printer-friendly flyer.
  • Grand Rapids Early-Stage Social Engagement Club
    Join us out in the community for conversation and activity for those living in the early stages of dementia and their care partners. Pre-registration and pre-assessment is required. For meeting time and locations, as well as registration, contact Denise Gibson at or 616.459.7423.

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Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Group

The Greater Michigan Chapter offers this support group for people in the early stage of Alzheimer's or related dementias. Their care partners, family members and/or friends are welcome to attend. This support group provides a supportive environment that promotes the sharing of thoughts, information and resources to facilitate participant's understanding of the diagnosis. Assessment is required for support group participation.

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Art Program

The Art Program is for people living with Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias and their care partners.  This is a unique opportunity for individuals in the early and mid stage of the disease to create meaningful experiences through art.

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Living With Alzheimer's; For People with Alzheimer's

This is an interactive, three-part workshop where individuals with Alzheimer's disease and caregivers will have a chance to hear from others with a diagnosis of memory loss through recorded video vignettes and group discussion.  Call 800.272.3900 to register.

For more information, to register or for a pre-assessment, call 800.272.3900.

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Early-Stage Support Groups

Metro Detroit

Southfield Early-Stage Support Group
Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100
1st Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Birmingham Early-Stage Support Group
First Presbyterian Church, 1669 W. Maple Rd.
2nd & 4th Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Please note: This group currently has a waitlist for attending. If interested contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900

Sterling Heights Early-Stage Support Group
SarahCare Adult Day Services, 13425 10 Mile Rd., Suite 500
2nd Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.

West Michigan

Grand Rapids Area Early-Stage Support Group*
Mercy Health Southwest, Grand Conference Room, 2373 64th St., Byron Center
3rd Thursday, 1-2 p.m.

*Groups for person with early-stage dementia and their care partners meet at the same time in different rooms.

Please note: Assessment required prior to attending any early-stage support group. To set up a pre-assessment time, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or email



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