One of the core themes underlying the early-stage experience for those recently diagnosed with memory loss are the changes in behavior, cognition, daily routines and relationships that can often result in isolation, depression and lack of connection with those around them. Early-stage individuals benefit from opportunities that allow them to make meaningful contributions, remain involved and active in daily life, foster friendships and make decisions for as long as possible.
Find a complete list of July early-stage social engagement programs with registration links here.
Hollywood Comedy Hour: Famous Comedians Through The Years
Friday, July 30, 11 a.m.
Find a complete list of August early-stage social engagement programs with registration links here.
The Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
Monday, August 2, 2021, 10-11 a.m.
This program will teach you to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis.
This program offers a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia to gather virtually, get active and connect with one another through a variety of activities that promote social interaction and companionship.
Memory Café: Anne Arundel County
Meets third Monday of the month, 6:30-7 p.m. Contact Dawn Lewis, email@example.com or call 301.338.0224
Memory Café: Baltimore County
Meets third Wednesday of the month, 12-1 p.m. Contact Arlene Kleinman, arleneklcws or call 410.627.9466
Memory Café: Harford County
Meets second Wednesday of the month, 12-1 p.m. Contact Pat Maans, Bill.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443.528.0260.
Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Groups
These groups are designed to meet the needs of the person with dementia as well as the care partner. The group splits into two smaller groups. People with dementia talk privately with a facilitator and care partners do the same separately. Each person is free to discuss feelings, issues of concern or just meet others walking the same journey. Find a list of virtual support groups here.
Virtual Memory Cafes provide forums for socializing. A list of virtual memory cafes can be found here. The environment fosters an atmosphere of trust, safety and confidentiality. When the time comes that the person with dementia or their care partner is no longer benefitting from the early-stage support group, facilitators assist in offering other options to help meet the family’s needs. Prescreening is required. Contact Yolanda Wright at email@example.com or 443-632-9718.