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Early Stage Services

"Early-Stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and who are in the beginning stages of the disease. Individuals in this stage may still be employed; participate in community-based activities; volunteer; enjoy meeting new people; and are still active members of the family unit. This includes persons with "younger-onset" who develop dementia under the age of 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.

If you are at the beginning of a journey through Alzheimer's, you are not in this journey all alone. The Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter is here to help. View all of our Early Stage Programs below or call our helpline at 800.272.3900 to learn more about our early stage services or to RSVP for any of the programs below. 

Peers & Partners

Peers & Partners is a specialized early stage support group for people recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia and their care partner(s).
Check out our informative flyer to learn more!

Please note: all person-to-person programs will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.


HeartBeats is a socialization engagement program for people recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and their care partner(s). This ballroom dancheartbeatse class encourages physical activity and social interaction.

Monthly Class in Virginia Beach

Every 2nd Monday
1-1:45 p.m.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio
3707 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 200
Virginia Beach

Weekly Class in Newport News:

Every Wednesday
10-11 a.m.

Two Left Feet Dance Studio
1405 Unit N Kiln Creek Pkwy.
Newport News