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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life changing. It can be difficult to chart a course for the future. Our free Pathways early-stage social engagement programs and support groups offer a comfortable way to get active and connected to others in similar situations. Connecting with people who understand what you are going through can provide support, encouragement and inspiration.

Pathways Social Engagement Programs 


New York Therapy Animals
Each month, we will virtually visit with New York Therapy Animals. You can meet the therapy dog teams, learn some animal facts, and share memories of your favorite pets. Family pets are welcome to attend! To register for this FREE virtual program, please call 800.272.3900. 

  • Wednesdays, August 7, September 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free. Virtual. 
Stories in the Moment
Connect with others impacted by early-stage Alzheimer's, another dementia, or MCI for this 12-week online dance series. Amplify your voices and discover new ways to tell your stories, through dance and movement, as well as words. Each week, community dance artist Magda Kaczmarska will lead creative explorations to create your own thematic dance stories. To register for this FREE virtual program, please call 800.272.3900. 
  • Fridays, July 19-October 4, 2-3 p.m.
Fun with Pastels
Join us to learn simple pastel techniques and discover the fun of working with pastels as an expressive art form. This free VIRTUAL program is for all skill levels, including those with no prior art experience. Each week of this four-part series we will explore a different theme for drawing with pastels, such as nature and abstract patterns. Materials will be provided to registrants. Last day to register is July 3. To register for this FREE virtual program, please call 800.272.3900. 
  • Sundays, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Virtual World Tours
Join us in worldwide travels from the comfort of your home. Each month on the second Saturday we virtually visit a new continent to learn about its unique wonders. To register for this FREE program, please call 800.272.3900.
  • Sunday, September 15, 2:30-3:15 p.m.: Argentina and Brazil

Early-Stage Support Groups

Our FREE early stage support groups are for people who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other dementia or have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Pre-screening prior to the first session is required for all early-stage support groups. Following the first session the group will be closed until the next cycle begins. To register, please call 800.272.3900. 

Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group: Manhattan
Every Tuesday, May 14-July 2, 3-4:30 p.m. Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter offices, New York, NY 10165. To schedule your pre-screening and register for this free group, please call 800.272.3900.

Dementia Chat Early Stage Support Group: Virtual
Every Monday, August 5-September 30 (does not meet on Labor Day), 4-5 p.m. To schedule your pre-screening and register for this free group, please call 800.272.3900.