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Early Stage Social Engagement Program
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Thank Goodness it's Friday
Early Stage Social Engagement Program
Fridays 10:30 am to noon
Alzheimer's Association Fort Worth

Alzheimer's Association
2630 West Freeway, Suite 100
Fort Worth 76133

See weekly schedule of activities below

The Alzheimer's Association also has support groups and education programs for caregivers and early stage support groups for people with early stage dementia and their care partners.

For more information, call Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949 or email lisa.buck@alz.org

The Early Stage Social Engagement Program, aka “The Friday Group” meets every Friday to socialize and participate in activities that flex different cognitive and physical abilities. The informal weekly gathering of people meets at the Alzheimer’s Association Fort Worth office as a way to stay socially and mentally engaged, find support and make new friends. There is no charge to participate.

Each week, Alzheimer's Association staff and volunteers facilitate conversations and activities around a given theme. The emphasis is on engagement, camaraderie and amusement through conversation, sensory experiences and play. Often, the group will listen to music, look at images, watch video clips of every sort, do a simple craft, or play a game. A video projector connected to the internet allows the group to look up facts, play a favorite song, or otherwise search anything and everything that comes to mind. Topics tend to be very general, allowing for improvisation and spontaneity, and are usually fairly lighthearted.

Participants should have mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia and to be able to express themselves verbally and participate the give and take of normal conversation. Caregivers are welcome to leave their family member and take time for themselves (they must sign a waiver of liability) or stay and participate in the day’s activities. The mix of people with different interests and abilities is one of the strengths of this friendly, spontaneous group.

Friday friends at the spring picnic

The Friday Group Schedule of Activities
Topics and activities are subject to change at any time.



January 5, 2018
Abstract Painting
Friday Friends will discuss abstract painting, from the Fauves to the Abstract Expressionists, and paint their own works of abstract art.

January 12, 2018
David Hares II” Exploring America
David Hares II has spent the past six years exploring our great country’s National Parks and the places in between as part of his on-going journey to photograph all the National Parks. He will show a selection of his amazing photographs and tell the stories behind some of the picture.  The photographs are meant to trigger memories of times you may have spent in these wonderful places, to inspire you to see them again or experience them for the first time.

January 19, 2017
Mind Fit: Activities to Boost Brain Health
David Parks, owner of Home Care Assistance, will introduce us to fun group activities designed to enhance cognitive functioning. Expect games like trivia and name that tune and others you haven’t heard of yet.

January 26, 2018
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Do you remember the first time you saw Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? The 1937 movie was the first full-length animated feature film? Revisit the lush color, cheerful tunes, hand-painted backdrops, and stunning animation of this timeless classic.

February 2, 2018
Trip to the Sid Richardson Museum

February 9, 2018
Getting in the Mood for St. Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so it’s time to get ready to tell your loved ones how much you love them through cards and poems. This is one of the Friday Groups most popular party of the year.

March 2, 2018
Let’s All Make Fun of Texas
Big hair, rattlesnakes and hot water coming out of both taps. So what’s there to love about the Lone Star State?  Native Texan and one of our newest employees, Jessica Mulcahy, will lead an exploration of the lighter side of livin’ in Texas with pictures, video, and song.


FALL 2017

September 1, 2017
Art with Words and Pictures
Using discarded magazines, pens, and piles of paper, stamps and stickers, the Friday friends will create collages that tell others about themselves.

September 8, 2017
Superfoods are nutrient-packed foods with a range of superpowers, from fighting disease to helping you feel more energetic. Some, like spinach and blueberries, you already know about, but what are quinoa, acai berries and soy milk? Friday friends will learn which common foods qualify as superfoods and sample recipes.

September 15, 2017*
Reading and Writing
We have all been writing since first or second grade. But what did we write? Did we keep a diary, write letters to friends and family or send postcards from our travels? Do you save cards and letters from your loved ones? Bring something--anything--you’ve written or that someone has written to you to share with the group.

September 22, 2017
Alive Inside, Part 2
The Friday friends will continue creating personal playlists, listening to each other’s favorite songs. There will be one-on-one assistance for those who need help downloading favorite songs. Lisa will burn a Friday Favorites CD with all the songs we purchase.

September 29, 2017
Walk in the Botanic Gardens
Friday Friends will meet in the Adelaide Polk Fuller Garden, just through the Moncrief Garden Center. People who like walking can head off in groups to enjoy the gardens. People who would rather sit and chat can do that.

October 6, 2017
Central Market
Let’s get outdoors again and meet at the always fun and festive Central Market. Someone from the Market will be there to talk us about food, then we will have time to get beverages, lunch, go shopping or sit and talk.

October 13, 2017
Watercolor Painting
We will meet at the Alzheimer's Association to paint with watercolor. It's a time for thinking about what we want to paint, talking, listening to music and telling stories. Best of all, we learn that "if it's paint on paper, it's a painting," and you don't need any special knowledge or skill to have fun.

October 20, 2017
The Amon Carter Museum is planning a special tour for us. We will meet just inside the main lobby and then go visit “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art.”

October 27, 2017
 It will be a fine autumn day for a trip back in time to the pioneer days. Log Cabin Village is one of my favorite places in Fort Worth. There are 11 log cabins and other structures dating to the mid-19th century, connected by walking paths. All are furnished in period artifacts, offering us a glimpse of life on the prairie long ago.

November 3, 2017
Kenny Broberg, 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, will be playing a special Friday morning recital for people with dementia, their caregivers, friends and family. This year, the recital will be held in the beautiful Great Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. The performance will be followed by cookies and a chance to talk to the artist.

November 10, 2017

November 17, 2017
Picturing Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving less than a week away and Christmas soon to follow, Friday Friends will look at pictures of Thanksgiving and discuss the holiday’s history, traditions, sentiments, family and food.

November 24, 2017

December 1, 2017
Making Christmas Tree Ornaments
Everybody loves making Christmas ornaments and decorating a tree. Friday friends will harken back to simpler times and make decorations for the Alzheimer’s Association Christmas tree.

December 8, 2017
Holiday Party
Friday Friends will feast on holiday fare followed by singing and a gift exchange game.

December 15, 2017

December 22, 2017
The Music Team
A group of students from UNT Health Science Center banded together to share their love of music with the community. All are either working on their masters degrees, or are in medical school, and have a passion for playing music in their spare time

December 29, 2017
End of the Year Reflections
After a busy year and an even busier holiday, the Friday Friends will get together to just sit and chat. We’ll talk about the high points of the past year, how we spent the holidays, our families, and anything else we feel like discussing.

January 5, 2018
Let’s All Make Fun of Texas
Big hair, rattlesnakes and hot water coming out of both taps. So what’s there to love about the Lone Star State besides armadillos and BBQ? Friday friends--native Texans on one side
and foreigners on the other--will explore the lighter side of livin’ in Texas with pictures, video, and song.

January 12, 2018
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Do you remember the first time you saw Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? The 1937 movie was the first full-length animated feature film? Revisit the lush color, cheerful tunes, hand-painted backdrops, and stunning animation of this timeless classic.

January 19, 2017
Mind Fit: Activities to Boost Brain Health
David Parks, owner of Home Care Assistance, will introduce us to fun group activities designed to enhance cognitive functioning. Expect games like trivia and name that tune and others you haven’t heard of yet.


PAST MEETINGS Check out what the Friday Group was doing in past years! It's always something different

Winter 2015

January 1, 2015

January 8, 2015
Let’s All Make Fun of Texas
Big hair, rattlesnakes and hot water coming out of both taps. So what’s to love about the Lone Star State besides armadillos and BBQ? Friday friends--native Texans on one side and foreigners on the other--will explore the lighter side of livin’ in Texas with pictures, video, and song.

January 15, 2016*
Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Brandon Smick
Please welcome Brandon Smick as he debuts for the Friday Group! Singer, songwriter and all around nice guy, Brandon loves entertaining friends and family by playing guitar.

January 22, 2016
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
Get out the scissors and glue, we’ll be cutting up magazines and making collages of things we like. Do you have a favorite hobby or interest? Feel free to bring magazines of your own.

January 29, 2016

February 5, 1016
New Orleans Mardi Gras
The next best thing to being in New Orleans (or Rio or Havana) for Mardi Gras, the Friday Group will explore the tradition of “Fat Tuesday” through pictures and video, don masks and beads, start a conga line, eat a king cake and listen to New Orleans jazz.

February 12, 2016
Valentine’s Day Party
Today we celebrate love, which as everyone knows, really does make the world go around. All the Friday friends will be matched with their secret valentines for some fun and games. We will listen to the most beautiful love songs ever written and make valentines.

February 19, 2016
Childhood Memories
What do you remember about your childhood? Where did you grow up? What kind kid were you? What games did you play? What were your adventures? How was childhood different then than now? Friday friends will share childhood memories. Bring or send pictures if you can.

February 26,2018
Favorite Movies and Actors
In honor of the Academy Awards this Sunday, the Friday Group will talk about their favorite movies of all time. Lawrence of Arabia crossing the desert? Snow White dancing with the dwarves? If you can remember it, we can find it on YouTube. Take the famous movie lines quiz and confess which actor or actress you had a secret (or not so secret) crush on.

March 4, 2016
Introducing DeAnna Wendolyn!
Singer, songwriter and recording artist DeAnna Wendolyn will come to play. A self-described country girl (she hails from Nemo, near Glen Rose), Wendolyn plays guitar and sings mostly original songs in traditional folk-singer style. She has a beautiful, clear voice and is lots to fun to watch as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_YNXaca98

March 11, 2016
Laughter and Song in the Movies We Love
The Friday Group will continue its exploration of Oscar-worthy performances in the movies we love. In February, comedy and musicals were high on everyone’s list of favorite movie scenes.
Submit your choices early. We'll look up others as we go along, for the kind of spontaneous fun the Friday Group is known for.

March 18, 2016*
Images of Spring
It’s time to get out the paints and paint pretty pictures of spring things: flowers, birds, bunnies, and greening lawns. The beauty of watercolor paint is that it always looks good.

March 25, 2016
Easter: Sacred and Profane
The coming of spring offers much to celebrate. On this Good Friday, we will look at spectacular works of art representing the Crucifixion and Resurrection and listen to sacred music from the Baroque era (or anything else you want to hear.) We will also look at ancient rites of spring and examine the traditions of the Easter Bunny, colored eggs and Easter bonnets.

Spring 2016

April 1, 2016
Those who are already on facebook will tell you that it's a great way to keep up with your friends and family, no matter how far away they live. Lisa will share the best of her own, and other Friday Friends', newsfeeds and show you that it can also make you laugh, smile, think and be amazed. From funny animal videos to inspiring ideas, facebook is nothing if not entertaining. We'll even help you set up your own account if you don't have one.

April 8, 2016
The American Frontier
The Friday Group steps back in time to the late 1800s to enjoy images, history and stories of the American Frontier. We’ll look at paintings of the Wild West by Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, photographs by Edward Curtis, film clips from favorite westerns and more. Everyone's favorite bard, David Hardwick plays cowboy songs of yesteryear.

April 15, 2016
Antiques Road Show
Everybody owns something old and treasured, something they’ve kept all these years because it’s been in the family for years, has personal or sentimental value or just because it’s cool. In this adult version of show and tell, everybody brings a special personal possession to share with the group. We’ll be able to look up some of the items on eBay and see what they are and what they’re worth.

April 22, 2016
Sharing the Past Through Art
The Amon Carter Museum will present its signature program for people with dementia and their caregivers. We will be able to sit on folding chairs in the galleries and explore several wonderfully interesting works of art with a trained docent. Park in the Museum parking lot and meet just inside the front entrance.

April 29, 2016
Step back in time to the Texas frontier of the 1840s to 1890s at Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village, located off University, across from the zoo entrance. We will wander the paths and visit the nine authentic cabins and their contents at our own pace. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to talk to us. Wheelchair accessible Cost: $4 per person.

May 6, 2013
Blake and Tugg
Artist, illustrator, author and animal rescuer Blake Ovard will visit with his real-life super hero bull terrier, Tugg. The two have been honored for their humanitarian work and featured in numerous television and newspaper stories, as well as in Blake’s illustrated series “Tugg: A Hero Among Us.”

May 13, 2016
It’s time for our annual spring picnic! Meet at shelter #5 in Trinity Park. Lisa brings hot dogs to grill, beverages and all the fixings. Friday friends may bring something to share. Those who wish may hop the Forest Park Miniature Train, which stops for passengers at the depot a stone’s throw from our shelter, for $4/3.50 round trip.

May 20, 2016
The Twentieth Century
Friday friends will look back at the Twentieth Century through some of the world’s most iconic photographs. Think of unforgettable images such as "Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima,” Marilyn Monrow standing on a subway grate, and dozens more. Tell us what you know about the events they chronicle or how they make you feel.

May 27, 2016
Get Ready for Summer
Remember when summer vacation meant getting outside to play with your friends? Kristel Linzmaier from Garden Terrace is coming to visit and bringing summer snacks, balls, noodles and other toys to get us in the mood for summer fun.

June 3, 2016
Sharing Family Photos
Dads, grads and brides: June is a great time to celebrate important family moments. Friday Friends will bring pictures of weddings, graduations, fathers, mothers and children to share with the group. We’ll scan them and project them on the screen for everyone to enjoy.

Summer 2016

June 10, 2016
Fun with Scissors and Glue
With paper of every color, scissors and glue, the Friday friends will work in teams to make wonderfully creative collages. We will listen to favorite songs and chat with our friends as we cut and paste our creations.

June 17, 2016
By popular demand, the Friday Group will play Bingo.

June 24, 2016
Remember the 1960s?
The times, they were a changing. Some of us were children, others were in college or getting married, starting careers or raising families. What were you doing in the sixties? What do you remember about that decade half a century ago? Friday friends share recollections of the sixties, from world events to cars, culture, music and everything else.

July 1, 2016

July 8, 2016

July 15, 2016
Places We’ve Been
Lisa is back from her vacation to California with pictures to share. How many of you have been to California? What different places have you been? Where is your favorite place to go on vacation? Friday friends will share pictures, memories and mementos of the places they’ve been and the good times they’ve had.

July 22, 2016
David Hardwick Returns/Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kick-Off
David Hardwick’s beautiful voice and inexhaustible repertoire of well-loved songs have made him a favorite among the Friday friends.

July 29, 2016
Rock Art
Volunteer Jeanne Monast brings us an art project that is sure to enchant. We will paint on rocks that we can then use for garden ornaments or paperweights.

August 5, 2016
Fun and Games
The Friday Group will play, laugh and relax among friends. We will play noodle ball and corn hole (bean bag toss), dance the chicken dance, and relax with chair yoga.

August 12, 2016

August 19, 2016
What’s so Modern about Modern Art?
The next best thing to visiting New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Friday friends will examine some of the greatest paintings by artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and others who changed the rules of art forever. Be prepared to express your ideas and opinions in this interactive presentation.

August 26, 2016
Cuisine for Healing
Dana Farrell from Cuisine for Healing has been a Registered Nurse for 31 years and is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor. She will guide you through the confusing information about processed food in our world today, ending the talk with a demonstration of how to make some healthy and delicious snacks!

Fall 2016

September 2, 2016
Fun with Science
Put on your lab coats, it’s time for scientific inquiry. Using everyday materials and hands-on experiments, the Friday Group will answer such eternal questions as how to make slime and what happens when you drop raisins into a bottle of Sprite.

September 9, 2016
Top-40 Soundtracks of our Youth
Think back—way back—to your late teens and early twenties. What were they playing on the radio? What songs were important to you? Using internet wizardry, we will find out what those songs were and play them for everyone to enjoy.

September 16, 2016
What’s so Funny?
The Friday Group appreciates a good laugh. While friends share their funniest stories, most embarrassing moments and favorite jokes we will mine the internet for hilarious animal videos and clips from the best comedy sketches ever.

September 23, 2016
Painting with Watercolors
Karolyn Stirewalt from the Creativity and Wellness Center will demonstrate how to paint a watercolor painting from start to finish. Be prepared to learn new techniques and go home with a beautiful work of art.

September 30, 2016
Feel Better Now
Carol Holmes from Circle Y Yoga Ranch will show us ways to improve health, relieve stress and find inner comfort through breath work, stretching, guided meditation and aroma therapy. We will have fun and feel better.

October 7, 2016
Hawaiian Hula Dance
Leolani will bring the magic of the islands to the Friday Group, performing authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian dancing, ancient and modern Hula dancing, Maori pol ball twirling and Tahitian hip-shaking dances, while talking about the language and history of the islands.

October 14, 2016
Tomoki Sakata, the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finalist, will come to play piano for us, courtesy of Cliburn in the Community, the Piano Competition’s outreach program. Prepared to be awestruck by one of the world’s greatest pianists playing a baby grand from just feet away.

October 21, 2016
Fall is in the air. The Friday Friends will meet at Country Critters Farm in Alvarado to visit a farm and pumpkin patch. There will be a petting zoo, chicken coop, hay ride, maze and pumpkins. Meet at 10:30 am and stay as long as you like.

October 28, 2016
Halloween Party and Costume Photos
Come in costume, Friday Fiends, a special Halloween treat awaits you! We will serve pumpkin and apple treats, listen to spooky music and take silly photos of everyone in costume. For those without costumes, we will have accessories for you to create your look.

November 4, 2016
Grab a light jacket or sweater and meet your Friday Friends in the Four Seasons Garden. There's plenty of parking and nice restrooms in the Japanese Garden lot. Sitters can sit and enjoy the glorious fall weather while walkers can explore the gardens in groups.

November 11, 2016
Learn about the Caregiver Seminar

November 18, 2016
Game Show with Katie and Stephanie
Volunteers Katie and Stephanie have been busy planning a fun activity that is going to be something like a television game show only better. Everyone loves a little friendly competition and awesome prizes!

November 25, 2016

December 2, 2016
Decorating a Christmas Tree
It’s a Friday Group holiday tradition! Using humble materials such as pinecones, paper and ribbon, we will make handmade ornaments and decorate a Christmas tree. The fun and crafty get together includes drinking hot cocoa and Christmas music.

December 9, 2016
It’s a Charlie Brown Holiday Party
Join your Friday Friends for a lunch of ham sandwiches festive sides. If you are a baker, bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share. For a little holiday fun, we’ll watch the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, and remember what the season is all about.

December 16, 2016

December 23, 2016

Winter 2017

December 30, 2016
Talking and Sharing Photographs with Friends
The holidays have come and gone and a brand new year is just two days away. What a perfect time to just sit around with friends and talk about the holidays, past or present, tell stories, and share family photographs. Bring photos we can scan and share.

January 6, 2017
Songs You Know by Heart
David Hardwick will come to play the songs we know and love. His beautiful voice and huge play list always has everyone tapping their feet or humming along. What an uplifting way to start off the new year.

January 13, 2017
Fun Ways to Relieve Stress
Take a deep breath. Feel the stress leave your body. The Friday friends will have a little fun with tried and true stress reduction strategies like yoga, coloring mandalas, aromatherapy, visualization and eating ice cream.

January 20, 2017
Heirlooms, Souvenirs and Keepsakes
Everyone has belongings that they treasure because of the memories they hold. In this adult version of show and tell, Friday friends will bring something from home and tell us what it is, where it came from and why they have kept it so long.

January 27, 2017
A hero is someone admired for their achievement, bravery, or noble qualities. Who do you most admire and why? Let us know who your hero is and come prepared to tell us about him or her. We can add to the fun by looking up pictures and other information about him or her on the internet.
Brianna Strong, Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, leads a discussion of heroes.

February 3, 2017
Realism in Art
Why are poor people more “real” than aristocratic, historical or allegorical subjects? Friday friends will examine detail-rich paintings by mid-19th Century French bad boys, including Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Jean-Francois Millet and others. What do these paintings tell us about “real” life in times of social upheaval?

February 10, 2017
Get Ready for St. Valentine’s Day
The Friday Group celebrates St. Valentine’s Day a lot like we did in grade school. Everyone has punch and cupcakes, listens to love songs, makes little handmade Valentine cards and finds out who their secret Valentine is.

February 17 and 24
And the Winner Is...
In anticipation of the 89th Academy Awards (Sunday, February 29), the Friday Group will salute our favorite movie stars and best-loved movies, from yesterday to the beginning of motion pictures. Thanks to youtube, we can delight in the Hollywood's finest moments, summoned instantly for your enjoyment.


March 3, 2017
Mini Scrapbooks
Working alone or in pairs, Friday Friends will make little booklets of their lives. There will be a wide array of paper, stickers, stamps and markers to record the important facts of one’s life in vivid color. Bring snapshots and family photos and we can copy them for you.

March 10, 2017
Salute to the Sixties
The times they were a-changing. Some of us were raising children; others were children. Where were you in ‘62? Friday friends will take a fond look back at the music, movies, space race, fashion, politics, cars and everything else about the decade that changed America.

March 17, 2017
St Patrick’s Day Bingo
Dress in green if you want to be lucky at bingo! The Friday Group will play bingo, with prizes for every lucky winner and green snacks for all.

March 24, 2017
Spring Bling Poetry Program
For centuries poetry has been a unique way for humans to communicate and connect. Join Melissa Griffin from Ellery Arbor Memory Care for a fun and engaging spring-themed poetry workshop. We will share our favorite memories about the season, listen to some of the best spring poems and work together to create our own spring poetry.

March 31, 2017
Where in the World Is Joe Lee?
International snowboarder Joe Lee will show pictures and tells us about his latest travels around the Northwest and Europe for The Longest Day.

April 7, 2017
Meet at B.R.I.T.
What does it mean to be “green from the ground up”? Friday Friends will meet at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, for a self-guided tour of the sustainable features of the unique building and grounds. Those who wish can also explore the surrounding gardens.

April 14, 2017
Jesus Christ in Art through the Ages
What better day than Good Friday to examine artistic depictions of Christ through the ages? Friday Friends will bring their eyes, ears and knowledge of scripture to looking at and discussing paintings, sculpture, manuscripts and architecture from Roman times to today.

April 21, 2017
Ukelele Sing Along
The Hilltop Ukers from First Congregational Church will entertain you by playing your favorite old songs on their ukuleles. It is hoped that everyone will sing a long and even dance. Come prepared to smile.

April 28, 2017 – 12:30 p.m.
Tour of the Kimbell Art Museum
Friday Friends will meet at the Kimbell Art Museum in the new Piano Pavilion and take a docent-led tour of either Art of the Ancient Americas in the Piano Pavilion or European Painting in the Kahn Building.

May 5, 2017
Cinco de Mayo
Mariachi music, tamales, pyramids, pottery, serapes and sombreros, the Mexican hat dance…how many wonders from Mexico can you name?  Friday Friends will celebrate all things south of the border with food, music, pictures and crafts.

May 12, 2017
Painting Places
The happiest memories are often associated with places. It might be a childhood home, a fabulous honeymoon, a beach, a forest, a city or the country. We will talk about our favorite places and look them up on the internet, printing a picture of your favorite place to use as inspiration for your watercolor painting. No experience with painting is needed!  If you can hold a brush, you can paint.

May 19, 2017
Spring Picnic
The Friday Group will meet at Shelter #3 in Trinity Park for our annual spring picnic. Lisa brings hamburgers and all the fixin’s, Friday Folks are welcome to bring something to share. David Hardwick will serenade us with our favorite songs.

May 26, 2017
Memorial Day
Scott Palomino, a former weapons controller for the Air Force, will recount stories of his daring missions in Iraq and Afghanistan (including being a one of the weapons controllers when Saddam Hussein was killed.) An amputee with an amazing prosthetic leg, Scott is a popular and inspirational speaker with infectious patriotism and an upbeat attitude.


June 2, 2017
The Great Frontier in Pictures and Songs
The Friday Group steps back in time to the late 1800s to enjoy images, history and stories of the American Frontier. We’ll look at paintings of the Wild West by Frederick Remington and Charles M. Russell, photographs by Edward Curtis, film clips from favorite westerns and more. David will play cowboy songs of yesteryear.

June 9, 2017
The Sixties, Continued
The Friday Friends' exploration of "the decade that changed America" continues, comparing what we remember best about the music, movies, television, technology, fashion, politics, cars and everything else we didn't talk about in March.

June 16, 2017
Thinking about Fathers
With Father’s Day just around the corner, Friday friends will reflect on fathers, their own or any others they want. We will complete fun, easy worksheets to help us organize our thoughts and remember the man (men) who raised us or our children. Bring pictures to share.

June 23, 2017
Birds, Bugs and Butterflies
Oh boy, do we have a summer craft project that is guaranteed to enchant and amuse! Using air-dry clay, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, paper, markers and other fun stuff, Friday friends will create creepy, crawly, winged refrigerator magnets, brooches and hairclips.

June 30, 2017
Social Media for Grandparents
Facebook, Twitter, aps, games and more.  Why do teenagers always have their noses in their phones? How can cell phone aps and facebook accounts engage people with dementia and connect them to their friends and family?  Those who are already connected will share the joys of social media with the rest of us, while volunteers stand by to help people set up facebook accounts.

July 7, 2017
Remember the Seventies?
Some people remember the 1970s well; others were so busy with jobs and children they can’t think of anything memorable about the decade at all. With a little help from the internet, Friday friends will take a fond look back at the era’s cutting edge technology, cars, fashion, music, etc. all in the context of what was happening in our own lives.

July 14, 2017
David Hardwick Plays Your Favorite Songs

July 21, 2017
Songs from the Great White Way with Broadway Drew
Actor, singer, dancer, comedian, theater teacher and Walk Manager, the Alzheimer’s Association very own Drew Weesner will share his passion for Broadway musicals with the Friday friends.

July 28, 2017
Travel and Adventure
Lisa is back from summer vacation so let’s talk about the places we’ve been and the things we’ve done. Bring pictures, postcards or souvenirs of your favorite vacations and adventures, or we can just look up the places you’ve been on the internet.

August 4, 2017
The Wonderful World of Hobbies
Many people spend their leisure time pursuing hobbies. The Friday Group will discover what their friends do for fun. Come prepared to talk about your favorite hobby and, if you can, bring an example.

August 11, 2017
Alive Inside
A 2014 documentary, Alive Inside, demonstrated that music has the power to awaken memories and positive feelings. Not just any music will do the trick, however. It has to be one’s “own” music, from one’s own past. Friday friends will explore the concept of music awakening feelings and play some of your songs for the group.

August 18, 2017
Things that Make Us Laugh
Everyone loves a good laugh. Friday friends will tell their jokes and funny stories. We will look up hilarious movie scenes, comedy sketches and TV sitcoms on YouTube. And, we might even mine facebook and Pinterest for even more things to make us laugh.

August 25, 2017
The Twentieth Century
Friday friends will look back at the Twentieth Century through some of the world’s most iconic photographs. Think of unforgettable images such as "Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima,” Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate, and dozens more. Tell us what you know about the events they chronicle or how they make you feel.


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