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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

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.

SRING 2018

March 23, 2018
Music that Makes Us Feel Good
Plato and Aristotle knew that music heals and now there is science to back it up. Music is a form of sensory stimulation that triggers the pleasure system of the brain. Listening to music causes the release of dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of happiness. Choose your happiest songs from lists of feel good songs compiled by experts and we’ll play them on YouTube. Feel free to dance or sing along; whatever makes you happiest.

March 30, 2018
Easter Baskets
This Friday will be a "good" Friday indeed. We will celebrate Easter and the coming of spring by making paper Easter baskets and painting and decorating hardboiled eggs. 

April 6, 2018
Fun and Fabulous Folk Art
Friday Friend Jean Walbridge will share her love of Folk Art with a presentation of amazing and creative work from around the world.

April 13, 2018
Old Family Photographs
Let’s look at your wonderful old photographs. We are dying to see your baby pictures, wedding pictures and family portraits or whatever other treasured photos you have, and hear you talk about your life and loved ones way back when.

April 20, 2018
Friday friends will meet in the Adelaide Polk Fuller Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Small groups will stroll at their own pace and enjoy fine, sunny weather and spring flowers.

April 27, 2018
Visions of Springtime
Painters love spring as much as anyone else, perhaps even more so. Friday friends will look at paintings that capture the light and loveliness of springtime.

May 4, 2018
Kitchen Science with Missy and Lisa
Lisa and Missy will raid their kitchens to come up with entertaining science experiments using such substances as baking soda and white glue.

May 11, 2018
Celebrating Mothers
Friday friends will remember their mothers, telling the group about the women who raised them. What was her name? Where did she come from? What did she look like and what made her happy?

May 18, 2018
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.

May 25, 2018
Where Were You in ’62?
Some of us were raising children, others were children ourselves, while still others only know about the sixties from what people have told them. The Friday friends will take a fond look back on the decade of change through pictures, music and personal stories.

June 8, 2018
Friday Friends will tour the new (November 2017) SeaQuest interactive Aquarium in Ridgmar Mal in Fort Worth. Be the first on your block to pet a stingray and see other animals and exhibits from around the world.

June 15, 2018
Native Gardening for Butterflies
Kim Conrow, President of the Native Plant Society, will discuss gardening with native plants, including her favorite specimens and the benefits to the local ecology. Kim will also talk about her recent efforts to establish monarch waystations to ensure the survival of this spectacular butterfly species.

June 22, 2018
Susan McKinney from Lifetime Wellness will present a program on aroma therapy and how to incorporate essential oils into our daily activities. Susan will show us how to employ lavender and rosemary for a calming effect or use scents like peppermint and orange blossom for uplifting and invigorating.

June 29, 2018
American History Trivia and Patriotic Songs
Let’s see how much we know and remember! This easy, illustrated game will remind us of our country’s heritage.  We will also sing, wave flags and march to our favorite patriotic songs.

July 6, 2018
Summer Camp Crafts
Summer wouldn’t be complete without making something out of popsicle sticks and yarn. The Friday Friends will pass the time painting, gluing and chatting and bring home something spectacularly useless. 



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
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
Two docents are waiting to give us insightful and fascinating tours of Sid Richardson's collection of Charles Russell and Frederick Remington paintings. Free valet parking.

February 9, 2018
St. Valentine’s Day Party
The Friday Friends observe Valentine’s day much like we did in grade school, with secret valentines, pink punch, hearts, flowers and chocolate.

February 16, 2018*
Trinkets and Treasures
We all have things that we keep for their sentimental value or for the memories they hold. Bring something from home that tells a story that you can tell the group.

February 23, 2018
Academy Awards
Nominations are in for the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony are in and everyone is talking about movies. The Friday Friends will get sneak previews of the big movies of last year and look at favorite scenes and actors from years past.

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 recent addition to the Alzheimer’s Association staff Jessica Mulcahy will lead an exploration of the lighter side of livin’ in Texas with pictures, video, song and her own stories.

March 9, 2018
The Wonderful World of Dance
Rhythm, music and athletic bodies in colorful costumes: dance is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Friday friends will enjoy some the best dance scenes ever recorded before shaking out our limbs and dancing the Macarena, Hava Nagila, hokey-pokey, and chicken dance.
March 16, 2018

Saint Patrick’s Day Bingo
A crowd pleaser every time, we borrow a Bingo set from The Stayton and play for green prizes.
Bring up to 5 family pictures to scan for next week’s discussion about families.


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


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.

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
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


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