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Social Engagement Opportunities
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Early-Stage Social Engagement Program

A person with Alzheimer's or other dementia doesn't have to give up the activities that he or she loves. Many activities can be modified to the person's ability. In addition to enhancing quality of life, activities can reduce behaviors like wandering or agitation. In the early stages of dementia, the person may withdraw from activities he or she previously enjoyed. It is important to help the person remain engaged.

Having an open discussion around any concerns and making slight adjustments can make a difference. For example, a large social gathering may be overwhelming, but the person may be able to interact more successfully in smaller groups. As Alzheimer's progresses, you may need to make other adjustments to the activity.

The Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter's Early-Stage Social Engagement Program offers a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease to get out, get active and get connected with one another through a variety of social events and community-based activities.

The Early-Stage Social Engagement Program offers its participants the opportunity to socialize and participate in activities facilitated by Alzheimer's Association staff and volunteers that flex different cognitive and physical abilities. Activities are determined by the needs and interests of the participants and promote social interaction and companionship; activities may include listening to music, looking at images, playing games or going on outings.

This informal gathering provides a way to stay socially and mentally engaged, find support and make new friends. There is no charge to participate. Any activities that have a cost associated will be discussed by the group.

This program is best suited for people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementias; participants should be able to express themselves verbally and participate in conversations. Caregivers are welcome to bring their family members to the group and take time for themselves (they must sign a waiver of liability) or stay and participate in the day’s activities. The mix of people with different interests and abilities is one of the strengths of this friendly, spontaneous group.

For more information, contact Bonnie at 608.203.8500 or bnutt@alz.org.

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