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Early Stage Engagement
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Life doesn't stop with a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer's

In fact, staying actively engaged in life and avoiding isolation is important to the health and emotional well-being of people living with memory loss and caregivers. It's also important that you learn as much as you can about what to expect and plan for what lies ahead. So, we've created a special program to help you do both:

EASE - Early Onset Support and Education

The EASE program is a series of educational sessions meant to provide answers to questions that arise for people concerned about early-stage Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, and their care partners. This eight week series includes such topics as partnering with your physician, legal and financial issues, maintaining a healthy attitude, and taking advantage of community resources. A preliminary interview is required to determine eligibility for this program. For information, call (518) 867-4999, ext. 209 or ext. 303.
Appropriate Audience – Persons with Early-stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

Exercise at the YMCA

The Alzheimer's Association in partnership with the East Greenbush & Southern Saratoga branches of the YMCA will be offering monthly opportunities for the use of the YMCA facilities with support from the Alzheimer's Association staff. For more information call Erica Salamida at (518) 867-4999, ext. 303 or email

Other Early Stage Engagement Programs

Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York Chapter encourages individuals with memory loss and their care partners to seek out activities that promote healthy living and engage the mind and body through physical, social and creative activities. Our program staff has worked with professionals involved with the creation of the early-stage engagement programs listed below, and we encourage participation in these and similar programs.

Legacy Writers Group

The Association invites individuals with concerns about memory loss or early–stage dementia to stay mentally and socially active, while creating a legacy for their family and friends. Participants in the Legacy Writers Group will be invited to write down their memories from childhood through adulthood and then meet weekly with a facilitator to share what they have written. Ten week sessions are ongoing. For more information, contact Bill Hinrichs at (518) 867-4999, ext. 203 or

Alzheimer's Cafés

Alzheimer's cafés are gatherings and occasions where persons with dementia and/or their care partners and friends can be together in a safe, welcoming environment in the company of others with similar challenges, along with volunteers and health care professionals, for the purpose of emotional support, education and social interaction. A concept that originated in the United Kingdom, Alzheimer's cafés are growing in number in the United States.

at The Plains at Parish Homestead
163 Heritage Circle in Oneonta
3rd Wednesday of each month
Room and times vary. To confirm email, call
607.267.4013 or visit them on Facebook


Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed.

Here and Now at the Hyde Collection
Art Museum, Historic House and Gardens
161 Warren Street in Glens Falls
Here and Now is a free museum program designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges and their care partners. A museum educator leads conversation about works of art that encourages social interaction and communication. For information on scheduled programs or to arrange a program off site, contact June Leary at 518.792.1761 x27 or

This is not, nor is it intended to be, an all inclusive listing of early-stage engagement opportunities. If you administer a program you would like to see included on this page, please contact Bill Hinrichs at 518.867.4999 x203 or to learn more about working with the Alzheimer's Association.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.