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Early-Stage Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of programs for individuals who are in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease including support groups and social activities. Screening is required prior to attending most of the groups. Care partners are encouraged to attend. To learn if there is a group in your area, please contact 800.272.3900. Registration through the Alzheimer's Association is required to attend all early-stage programs.

Click here to view and download our current Early-Stage Engagement Program brochure for specific dates and descriptions of programs.

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 - a special section of - to help empower those living in the early stages of the disease. For more information, visit

"Learning Together": Fort Wayne and Indianapolis

Learning Together" 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 provides information, emotional support and socialization among peers within a safe accepting atmosphere. Topics include: legal and financial planning, medical and research review, safety issues and relationship changes. 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. A screening process including an in-person interview must take place prior to the start of the program.  Space is limited, so please call now.

Indianapolis: Thursdays, October 15 – November 19, 6 - 8 p.m. Indianapolis office location, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100.

Contact: Denise Saxman, MSW, LCSW, 317.575.9620 or

Fort Wayne: Thursdays, October 1 – November 5, 6 - 8 pm. Fort Wayne office location, 6324 Constitution Drive.

Contact: Denise Saxman, MSW, LCSW, 317.575.9620 or

Meet Me at IMA

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter has partnered with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) to launch a new program sponsored by the Klapper Family Foundation. The program is designed for early-stage Alzheimer’s individuals and provides an opportunity for them to participate in a facilitated conversation of artworks in the IMA collection with their care partner, family, or friends. Art appreciation and socialization helps enhance the relationship between persons with a dementia diagnosis and care partners, as well as providing an opportunity to develop new relationships with fellow participants. Engaging with art through conversation helps nurture self-esteem and elevates the overall mood. The art conversation is facilitated by trained IMA docents.

The program meets every fourth Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Limited number of spots are available, registration is required. To register, call 800.272.3900. Please prepare to check in 15 minutes early.

Upcoming Dates:
April 28 at 2 p.m.
May 26 at 2 p.m.
June 23 at 2 p.m.

Make Me at IMA

Persons with dementia will have the opportunity to create works of art and express their creativity. The instructor will guide individuals through each project, encouraging those to express themselves. Classes will be two hours and limited to 15 people. Care partners may choose to remain with their loved one or enjoy the museum and café at their leisure.

Upcoming Dates:
June 2, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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. Every show begins at 11 a.m. (except for those marked), but participants and their care partners are encouraged to come and enjoy coffee and pastries prior to the start of the show at 10 a.m. Tickets are limited, advance registration for each performance is required.           

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Upcoming Dates:
April 19: Carnival of Animals (Sunday, 3 p.m.)
May 29: The Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era

The Alzheimer’s Association is passionate about building relationships with other partners in the arts community and engaging new families who are facing Early-Stage Alzheimer’s and dementia. Registration is required. For more information, call 800.272.3900.

Engage in the Early Stage: Carmel

This is a program for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a another dementia. It is a social engagement program run in partnership with PrimeLife Enrichment in Carmel. You must be a Hamilton County resident to participate. The program will capitalize on the many instructors and facilitators of PrimeLife as well as take advantage of program participant talents. The participants will have input into the program agenda and it will meet once a month at PrimeLife. Each participant must be screened prior to the start of the program. As in all other programs, the participant needs to have a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's or a related dementia, have some communication skills.

Contact: Denise Saxman, LCSW, MSW, 317.575.9620,


The Alzheimer's Association is seeking volunteers to publicly share their journey with Alzheimer's disease and make an impact in the community. Consider telling us your story or volunteer. For more information, please call 800.272.3900 or email


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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.