"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.
The Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides a 6-month Early-Stage Program offering a comfortable way to receive support and socialize with others who are living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Participants enjoy the company of others, while participating in a variety of group activities such as: Monthly Support Groups, Quarterly Education Programs, and Referrals to Social Activities.
ALZConnected® is a free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including people with the disease and their caregivers, friends, family members and neighbors, as well as those who have lost someone to the disease.