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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 in Chicago
Pre-screening required.
Call Melissa Tucker, LPC at 847.324.0367 or


Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
614 West Glen Avenue Peoria, IL 61614
Pre-screening required. 
Call Olivier Kah at 309.282.6656 or email


SIU School of Medicine Disease Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
Pre-screening required.
Contact Greg Kyroauc at


Early Stage Phone & Online Support Group

Not able to attend an 8-week support group in person? Join us over the phone for a monthly educational and supportive gathering of individuals from across the state with a similar diagnosis.

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

Pre-screening required.
Call Melissa Tucker, LPC at 847.324.0367 or

Memory Café 

A memory café is an informal social gathering for people with dementia and their loved ones. Memory cafes offer an opportunity for individuals with MCI, early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and their care partners and family members to come together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment.

We will soon be piloting early-stage memory cafes in Illinois. Check back soon for updates.