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Early Stage Support Groups
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For Persons in the Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease or a Related Dementia and their Care Partners

In addition to the Early Stage Support Groups, the Alzheimer's Association has an Early Stage Social Engagement Program that meets on Fridays in Fort Worth


The Early Stage Support Group is a place for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's or similar dementia to meet others in like situations while their caregivers attend concurrent support group. In addition to traditional "support group" discussions, the facilitators arrange for a variety of activities, including exercise, art, outings and question and answer sessions on a variety of topics with local experts.

All potential participants of the Early Stage Support Group go through a screening process to determine eligibility. Individuals participating in the Early Stage Support Group should have the following list of characteristics.

  • Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia documented by physician.
  • Are aware of the diagnosis
  • Acknowledge, at least occaisonally, memory loss or confusion.
  • Are able to express themselves and understand others, even if there is some degree of difficulty with speech or word-finding
  • Are able and willing to discuss feelings and experiences related to illness.
  • Understand the purpose of support group, are interested and freely give consent to participate.
  • Have a caregiver or someone willing to serve as a contact person for group facilitator.

Abilene Pioneers
Application is required; apply any time
Email Mindy Bannister or call 325-672-2907
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
4 to 6 pm
Abilene Regional Office
301 S. Pioneer, Suite 105
Abilene, TX  79615

Waco Early Stage Support Group
Application is required
Email Christine Schroeder-Morren or call 254-753-7722
First and 3rd Thursdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
First United Methodist Church
600 S. 1st St.
Hewitt, TX  76643

Fort Worth Early Stage Support Group
First and third Thursdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
Email Judy Budlong or call 800-272-3900.

Bedford Early Stage Support Group
First and third Tuesdays of the month
9:30 to 11:30 am
Email Judith Pickering or call 800-272-3900.



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