Participants of Chapter's early stage group.
Thank you for visiting the Alzheimer's Early Stage Website. "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.
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
- The next steps
- Request a care consultation
- Join a support group
- Get involved! Click here to receive weekly reminders of our activities.
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 713.314.1313
Click below if you are the diagnosed or carepartner to get started.
EARLY MEMORY-LOSS GROUPS
Early Memory Loss Group: Learning Together
A seven session series designed for those who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other memory impairment, and their family member or care partner. Professional presenters experienced with early memory loss issues will discuss: early memory loss, medical and research information, legal and financial planning, managing changes, family relationships, and the next steps. Participants are not required to attend each session and may join at any point in the series. Attendees will be able to relate with others about their similar situations, and learn together about how to deal with the challenges ahead.
For more information and to pre-register, contact us at 713.314.1313
Younger Onset Care Partners Support Group
The Younger Onset Support Group provides a supportive environment in which care partners of individuals diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can learn to cope more effectively. Click here for more information.
Click here for our younger onset check list. It's a great resource to help you confidently face and work through a variety of issues brought on by your loved one's diagnosis.
Peer to Peer Program
Through this program, persons with early stage dementia are linked through a supervised telephone peer support program to share information and coping strategies, reduce social isolation, and provide emotional support. The program provides a supportive environment where people can talk freely about the effects of dementia on their lives.
Peer to peer is an ongoing program and indiviuals wishing to receive calls can begin participatig at any time. We are currently accepting referrals for this new early-stage program.
Click here for more information or to make a referral, call 713.314.1313 or 800.272.3900
Art Education Program for Persons with Early Stage Dementia
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) hosts Looking Together, a monthly program designed to introduce the world of art to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The Looking Together program offers people with early memory loss and their care partners or family members an opportunity to learn about and explore art while sharing their ideas and opinions together.
Stay Tuned For Our Fall Programs:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Choral Society
Music in the Sky (musicians of the Houston Symphony)
EARLY STAGE AT A GLANCE
Read Personal Interviews from our members!
Roger Bateman's Thoughts About the Alzheimer's Action Summit
Roger Bateman, former radio news reporter and early stage peer group member, joined other Alzheimer's advocates across the country at the Alzheimer's Action Summit in Washington DC. Bateman says “Maybe the most personally meaningful part of the Advocacy Forum for me was the passion coming from those who were speaking about the disease. As a former broadcast journalist, I used to take pride in telling a story in print in a convincing manner in order to drive home the point I’m trying to make.” Participants met with members of congress to advocate for increased funding for Alzheimer's research, care, and support services.
Click here to read about Roger's Riding the Boomer Express in the 2011 Tournamen of Roses Parade.