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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:

  • Learn more about early-stage memory loss
  • Connect with others online at AlzConnected.
  • Get involved! Fill out the form here to be added to the Care and Support Newsletter.

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.

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Early-Stage Programs 

*Pre-Registration is required for following programs

(Bookmark this page and check back often; plans are underway for additional in-person programs at partner locations. More information will also be posted in the Care and Support newsletter.)
 

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 accessibility@mfah.org or 713-639-7300.

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: 3rd 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 referral174@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.


Virtual Early Stage Support Group

Who: Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and are in the early stages of the disease.
What: This specialized group provides a welcoming and encouraging environment for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia who can connect with others who are on the same journey. 
When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
Where: Online through Zoom. 
Please note, all individuals will be screened prior to joining the group. 
For more information or to register, email referral174@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

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.  

For more information or to register, email referral174@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

 

EARLY STAGE AT A GLANCE

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