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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
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 virtual space to build companionship with peers. To learn more about what these programs are like from the perspective of participants, check out this video.

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.

Programs marked as Peer2Peer are intended only for those living with dementia or MCI. These programs are peer-led and moderated by Association staff. However, care partners are welcome and encouraged to attend non-Peer2Peer offerings. 

Click on a meeting date to register, or call 800.272.3900. All programs take place virtually via Zoom.

Peer2Peer: Lunch Bunch
Meets Monthly on 1st Monday at 11:30am
March 1, 2021 | 11:30am-1:30pm
This group allows the opportunity to connect with others in an informal social setting; it is focused on group chat with support as needed.  
  
Peer2Peer: Time to Talk
Meets Monthly on 2nd Tuesday at 4:00pm
March 9, 2021 | 4:00-5:00pm
This group provides a structured opportunity for education on relevant topics related to living well, followed by Q&A and support. Peer-led discussion is encouraged.

Remote Connections Cafe
Meets Monthly on 2nd Thursday at 2:00pm
March 11, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm
This group provides an opportunity for peers and their care partners to get together for a fun group activity and socializing.  

Peer2Peer: Confidence to Connect
Meets Monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 2:00pm
March 17, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm
This group provides a structured opportunity for education on relevant topics related to living well, followed by Q&A and support. Peer-led discussion is encouraged.    

Peer2Peer: Cohesive Connections 
Meets Monthly on 4th Thursday at 11:00am
March 25, 2021 | 11:00-12:00pm
Originally envisioned as a coffee shop meet-up, this group allows the opportunity to connect with others in an informal social setting; it is focused on group chat with support as needed.   

Living Well: Life Beyond My Diagnosis
Meets Monthly on last Tuesday at 2:00pm
March 30, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm
This group is open to the public in order to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding life with dementia. It features a presentation by an individual living with dementia about noticing the signs, getting the diagnosis, the moments afterward, and looking ahead at life beyond their diagnosis. Time is provided for discussion, Q&A and support.
 
View our full calendar of virtual offerings.