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Our goal is to provide support for those facing an Alzheimer's diagnosis from day one.  Staying social and active is a key part of living a full life once one has received a diagnosis. Join in our local groups today.  Call 800-272-3900 for more details or click on the links below to view details.

Support Groups for Early Stage -Transitions - All groups in Northwest Ohio

Social Engagement Groups for Early Stage- All groups in Northwest Ohio

Toledo area January calendar- monthly calendar with all Toledo area Early Stage activities


Early Stage Program Descriptions

Living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia Education Series

This is a three week interactive education series for individuals in the early stage of memory loss and their care partners and/or family members.  Living with Alzheimer’s will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to adjust and navigate this chapter of your life.  Sessions are held three weeks in a row for a 1-2 hour time frame.  If you are interested in participating in and upcoming Living with Alzheimer’s Series, please call 800.272.3900 to register. 

  • Toledo, Ohio – Three Thursdays in winter.  Dates to be determined.  Contact 800-272-3900 for questions or to get on call list.

Early Stage Consultation

A trained staff member is available to meet in-person, individually with people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to provide individualized education and support.  Individuals must have awareness of their diagnosis and be willing to discuss it.  Topics may include diagnosis, disease process, planning, identifying coping strategies and community resources.  The session can involve the individual, Care Partner and/or other family members or friends.  The meeting usually takes place at one of the Association offices.  Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.  Contact 800.272.3900 to set up appointment.

Ongoing Care Consultation

The Care Consultation program provides ongoing, regular Care Consultation or Coaching by trained counselors by phone with individuals with Early Stage Alzheimer’s disease and their Care Partners. Contact 800.272.3900 for more information. Hit the attached link for flier on the program.  BRI Care Consultation.

SHARE (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, Education) Program

This program will be restarted in October of 2017.  The SHARE Program is a 5 session program (plus optional family session) involving an individual with Early Stage memory loss and their Care Partner.  This program involves discussion about symptoms, communication, care values and preferences, healthy activities and planning for the present and future.  Participants must be able to have discussion about their memory loss.  Contact Cheryl Conley, Program Director at 800.272.3900.

Transitions Support/Education Groups

The Early Stage Education and Support Group is for the individual with memory loss and their Care Partner and/or family members when possible.  There is usually a topic or presenter, often followed by discussion and sharing.  Some meetings the individuals with memory loss and the Care Partners are separated into separate discussion groups.  Some groups involve social engagement activities, also.  Contact 800.272.3900 for more information.  See flyer above for locations and times.

Early Stage Support Groups

Social Engagement Groups - All below are listed in Social Engagement Groups flier below:

All Social Engagement Groups for all counties

Meet me at TMA (Toledo):

Meet me at TMA is a free monthly program, held on the first Saturday usually (except holiday weekends.) Co-sponsored with the Toledo Museum of Art, they are designed to provide fun, meaningful experiences for visitors with mild memory loss.  Friends and family are welcome to accompany the visitor.  The tour usually is an interactive tour of selected works from the Museum collection or a current exhibition.

Meet me at TMA schedule and topics

Meet me at the Zoo (Toledo):

Meet me at the Zoo is a free program offered 4 times a year.  Two programs are held at The Toledo Zoo and two are education programs held at our local Alzheimer's Association location.  Co-sponsored with The Toledo Zoo, the programs are designed to provide a fun and informative experience for visitors with mild memory loss.  Friends and family are welcome to accompany the visitor to the programs. Check the Toledo Area calendar above.  Usually programs in February, June, September and October.

Memory Café (Toledo):

Memory Café is a place where individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners can get together in a comfortable, relaxing and supportive environment.  Our Memory Café in the South End is a time to just visit and have fun with their Care Partner and others with a similar diagnosis.  This is held at a local coffee shop and each person is responsible for their own drink and/or snack.  Our Reynolds Corners Memory Café at Reynolds Corners Library has scheduled programming the first portion and then a choice of either taking part in an art project or just socializing.  Food and drinks are provided.

Reynolds Corners Memory Café - Toledo                                         

South End Memory Café - Toledo

Mind Works (Toledo, Findlay and Mansfield):

Mind Works provides brain stimulating games and good fellowship in a fun, non-competitive environment. May involve reminiscence activities.  Some of the games are done as a group and others are done individually or with partners.  A good way to challenge yourself, but have fun at the same time.

Mailing Group (Toledo):

Our Mailing Group provides the opportunity for individuals with mild memory loss to volunteer and help prepare our monthly newsletter for mailing.  Volunteers may fold, label, stuff or seal envelopes.  It is a chance to have fun visiting while you help out.  Care partners are welcome to accompany the visitor to the program.





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