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"Early-Stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. In this stage they retain the ability to participate in daily activities and in give-and-take dialogue. This includes persons with "Younger-Onset" who develop dementia under age 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.

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Whether you are in the process of being diagnosed or have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related disorder, the Alzheimer's Association is the leader in providing care, support, education, and engagement opportunities for people with dementia and their families. Today is a great opportunity for you to:

Living with Alzheimer's was not what you planned, but together, we can work on a new plan. Please call us anytime day or night at 800.272.3900.

Current Early-Stage Programs

*Pre-Registration is required for following programs

 

Looking Together at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
What: Gallery educators lead explorations of the museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, encouraging visitors and their care partners to discover and discuss works of art together. The group will focus on a different theme during each visit to the museum, and chairs will be set up for participants to view and discuss each work.
When: 2nd Monday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Beck Building, located at 5601 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
For more information or to register, contact MFAH at tours@mfah.org or 713-639-7323.

Younger-Onset Care Partners Support Group

Who: Individuals caring for a family member or friend who has received a diagnosis of dementia before the age of 65 and who is in the early to middle stages of the disease.
What: This specialized group provides a supportive environment in which care partners of individuals diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can learn to cope more effectively, receive information and advice, and make meaningful contact with others whose partners are similarly diagnosed.
When: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Location may vary. Please call our Helpline 800-272-3900.

For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

Wild Together at the Houston Zoo

Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
What: Wild Together is an amazing program that involves a private tour of the Houston Zoo! Each session involves a specific theme, discussion about wildlife conservation in Houston, and a special live animal showing. This is a fantastic program for anyone interested in learning more about animals while visiting the zoo.
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month. Runs September - May
Where: Houston Zoo, located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

Memory Café

Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
What: Memory Café is a casual social meeting for those with early stage dementia and their caregivers to connect, play games or simply take part in conversations with others. This is a fun way to meet and spend time with new friends!
When: 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Amazing Place located at 3735 Drexel, Houston, TX, 77027
For more information or to register, contact Emile Unverzagt at eunverzagt@amazingplacehouston.org or call 713-552-0420

OTHER PROGRAMS FOR EARLY-STAGE FAMILIES: GET INVOLVED, TOGETHER!

Learning Together

A seven-session series designed to educate individuals living with a diagnosis and their care partners.

Together in Song

early_stage_alzheimer_s_houston_chorus.pngCome sing, socialize, and access your musical memory when you join our community chorus for individuals with mild memory loss, their care partners, friends & volunteers.


Memory & Movement Together

Alzheimer_s_Houston_Early_Stage_Program_Movement_(2).pngGet moving with this innovative and fun, movement program based upon the National Physical Activity Guidelines for optimal brain health!

 

One Small StepTogether

Alzheimer_s_Houston_Early_Stage_Program_NASA.pngParticipate in informative programs that explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in fun and engaging ways.


Growing Together with Moody Gardens

Alzheimer_s_Houston_Early_Stage_Program_Moody.pngExplore different parts of Moody Gardens and join us on exciting adventures—like meeting penguins face to face, creating jewelry and visiting the Greenhouse.

Creating Art Together

Join us to explore your creative side in this fun, interactive, free, 4-week art program for individuals living with early-stage memory-loss, plus a care partner or friend.
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EARLY STAGE AT A GLANCE
Read Personal Interviews from our members!