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Early Stage

"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, they retain the ability to participate in daily activities and in a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with "younger-onset" that develop dementia under age 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.

Early-stage Support Group

An 8-week support group for those living with early-stage dementia or MCI (mild cognitive impairment). Separate groups for care partners offered simultaneously. If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, you are not alone. 


Offered twice a year at our Chicago office.

Meets for eight weeks on January 10 - February 28, 2019

Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800

Pre-screening required. 
Call Theresa Dewey, LCPC, ATR 847.779.6963 or Peggy Rubenstein, LPC, 847.324.0364


Meets for eight weeks on April 1 - May 20, 2019 

Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
614 West Glen Avenue Peoria, IL 61614

Interview required to participate.
Call Olivier Kah at 309.282.6656 or email

Early Stage Phone and Online Support Group

Have you been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia? Is using the phone or computer more convenient than meeting in person? If so, join us for an educational and supportive gathering of individuals from across the state with a similar diagnosis.

Early Stage Phone and Online Support Group can offer:

  • Strategies for coping with changes in daily life
  • A forum to connect with others, express feelings and share insights
  • Disease education
  • Information about community resources

Join us by phone or online and get the experience of an in-person program.

Second Tuesday
every month
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

For pre-screening and registration please call Peggy Rubenstein 847.324.0364.


Younger-onset Alzheimer's, also known as early-onset Alzheimer's, refers to those individuals younger than age 65 who have a diagnosis or Alzheimer's disease — and does not refer to a specific stage of the disease progression. People with younger-onset dementia can be in any stage, early through late. In addition, younger-onset Alzheimer's is already commonly used in many international communities, including Australia and parts of Europe - there is value in seeking not only to be consistent but also in using this as a better descriptor of the person with the disease.

Younger-onset Quarterly Workshop

These workshops are specifically for individuals with younger-onset dementia (those who received a diagnosis before the age of 65) and their care partners. Workshops include a guest speaker and time in separate, but simultaneous small groups for those with the diagnosis and care partners.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon at our Chicago Office 
(8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800)

  • January 27, 2018
  • April 28, 2018
  • July 28, 2018
  • October 27, 2018

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Pre-screening required for new group members. 
Call Theresa Dewey, LCPC, ATR 847.779.6963
or Peggy Rubenstein, LPC, 847.324.0364

Younger-onset Caregiver Support Group

1st Saturday of each month
10:00 am
St. Edmund Church, Murphy Hall
188 S. Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302