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Early-Stage programs are designed for individuals to participate with a network of families who are experiencing a similar journey in a friendly and safe environment. In the early stages, individuals retain the ability to participate in daily activities and give-and-take dialogue.

Registration through the Alzheimer's Association is required to attend all early-stage programs.

View the Early-Stage Program Brochure which highlights the below programs.

Screening is required prior to attending most of the groups and individuals must have a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Care partners are encouraged to attend.

To learn more about any of these programs, please contact Kristen Jenkins at 317-587-2217.

To download the Early Stage Handbook, click here.

I Have Alzheimer's - A person living with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia may have feelings of isolation and uncertainty. The Alzheimer's Association created "I Have Alzheimer's" in a special section of to help empower those living in the early stages of the disease.

Learning Together is available in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. It is a six-week, psycho-educational program for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's or another dementia and one care partner. The program is facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association care consultants and provides information, emotional support and socialization among peers within a safe, accepting atmosphere. The early-stage participant must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, understand that they have the disease and be able to talk about what it means for them. Both parties must desire to attend the program. This program is offered in the Spring and Fall. For more information in Indianapolis, call Maria Holmes at 317-587-2213, and in Fort Wayne, call Lori Stock at 260-420-5547. 

Meet Me at IMA / Meet Me at FWMoA - In partnership with Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) and sponsored by the Klapper Family Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter's unique program provides an opportunity for early-stage individuals to participate in a facilitated conversation of artworks in the IMA and FWMoA collections with their care partner, family, or friends. The art conversation is facilitated by trained docents. The IMA program takes place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, and the FWMoA program takes place the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Community Theatre
Early-stage participants are invited to attend dress rehearsal performances for upcoming shows at the following community theatres. Tickets are limited for all performances. Please call 317-587-2217 to confirm dates, availability, and show information.
  • Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel
  • Mud Creek Players in Indianapolis
  • Dance Kaleidoscrope
Musical Moments - The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter has partnered with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to offer participants the opportunity to engage through music. Tickets are limited and advance registration for each performance is required.

Perfect Harmony - Join us at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel as we go back in time by exploring the origins of many of our most beloved songs. We will be guided by a docent through an interactive program and engage in music and discussion about songs that were written and recorded by some of the most cherished artists of all time. Call 317-587-2217 to register. These programs take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Memory Cafe - This activity-based program offers opportunities for people with Alzheimer's to talk and laugh with friends. Activities include games, crafts, conversation and group quizzes - with the goal to have fun and enjoy the company of others. This program is offered in Fort Wayne once a month and in Indianapolis every two months.