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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
  • Request a care consultation
  • Get involved! Email earlystagehouston@alz.org to be added to the Early Stage monthly calendar or to register for a program.

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.

Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program
○ Who: Individuals who have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
○ What: Through a series of confidential phone calls, trained volunteers who are also in the early stages of the disease answer questions and share their experiences.
○ When: The Early-Stage Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program is ongoing, and individuals wishing to receive calls can begin participating at any time.
○ Where: Conversations take place over the phone.
○ “I find it helpful and interesting to hear someone else’s perspective.” - Call Recipient
○ “I look forward to the calls. I like to have somebody to talk to about what is going on with me.” - Call Recipient
○ For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

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 713-639-7324.

Learning Together
○ Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
○ What: Learning Together is a seven-session series designed to educate individuals living with a diagnosis and their care partners about the disease and how to live well with a diagnosis. At each session a different topic is presented by a healthcare professional. Sample topics include: early memory loss, medical and research information, legal and financial planning and the next steps.
○ When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
○ Where: The Alzheimer’s Association office, located at 6055 South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77087
○ For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

Discovering Connections
○ Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
○ What: This program is designed to educate the care partners on how to enhance their caregiving confidence, while those with early memory impairment participate in creative expression activities. The groups will meet separately to encourage open discussion and cater to specific needs. After group time, everyone joins together for lunch.
○ When: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
○ Where: The Alzheimer’s Association office, located at 6055 South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77087
○ For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@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: The Alzheimer’s Association office, located at 6055 South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77087
○ 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 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: 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
○ Where: Mamie George Senior Center, located at 1111 Collins Rd, Richmond, Texas 77469
○ For more information or to register, email Marisa Ramon at mramon@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

Explore Together at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
○ Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
○ What: This is a unique opportunity to be guided through the Museum of Natural Science and explore certain themes and showings. This is a very fun and educational program!
○ When: Monthly calendar listings. Runs October - April
○ Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
○ 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: 1st 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.

Music in the Sky (musicians of the Houston Symphony)
○ Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
○ What: An up-close musical performance by members of the Houston Symphony with the Houston skyline as a backdrop. A donation is requested upon arrival.
○ When: This event occurs three times per year, and space is limited. See the calendar for more details and to RSVP. Reservation required.
○ Where: The 60th floor Sky Lounge of the Chase Tower, located at 600 Travis Street, Houston, Texas 77002
○ For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900

EARLY STAGE AT A GLANCE

Read Personal Interviews from our members!

Bill F.

Ellen B.

Wayne S.

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.


 

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