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“Life doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis a new life begins. It’s really important to connect with and support others who understand what you are going through. With the support of others, I am making the most of this next phase in my life.”

- Maria Turner
Peer to Peer Group Facilitator
Former National Early Stage Advisory Group Member

Individuals with early stage cognitive loss (Alzheimer's, dementia or mild cognitive impairment) often feel isolated from friends or family members. Our early stage social engagement programs provide a safe space to build companionship with peers.

Participants should be in the early stages of Alzheimer's, dementia or mild cognitive impairment, aware of their diagnosis, and willing to discuss their experiences in a group.

To learn more about the programs below, please contact Sam Wiley, VP of Programs for the SC Chapter at or 864-622-0573.

In-Person Connections Cafe:
Early Stage Social Engagement

Meets monthly on 2nd Thursday at 2 PM
Next meeting: September 14, 2023, 2-3 PM
The Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe St, Greenville

This gathering is offered at no cost for individuals living with early stage dementia or MCI along with a guest. Programs vary each month but typically include a short meeting, a tour of a current museum exhibition, and a hands-on activity time in
the classroom. Admission is free.

NEW! Peer-Led In-Person Support Group
Meets monthly: 3rd Monday at 1 PM
Next meeting: September 18, 1-2 PM
Alzheimer's Association Office
123 W. Antrim Drive, Greenville

This program is specifically for those living with early stage dementia or MCI, but care partners are welcome to join. It provides discussion, Q&A and support, facilitated by Maria Turner, a trained volunteer living with early stage Alzheimer's, and supported by Sam Wiley, VP of Programs for the Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter. Registration is required in advance: or 864-622-0573.

Virtual Early Stage Social Engagement
Meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 11 AM
Next meeting: September 27, 11 AM - 12 PM

This virtual gathering is offered for individuals living with early stage dementia or MCI to connect online with their peers. Registration is required in advance by contacting Sam Wiley: or 864-622-0573.

View our full calendar of care and support offerings.