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For the Newly Diagnosed

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? We have programs specifically designed for people who are newly diagnosed and in the early stages of the disease and their caregivers

  • First Step Education Program
  • Connection Café
  • Meet Me Programs
  • Support and Alumni Groups
  • 'I have Alzheimer’s' Webpage

Our First Steps education program is an interactive four to six-part education program based on our Living with Alzheimer’s series where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. Check the Chapter calendar, email us at or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations. This program uses our Taking Action Workbook and topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes and making decisions
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

First Steps Viera is Coming Soon.
Where: One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL 32940
When: Every Thursday in April, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Call 800-272-3900 to RSVP or for more information.

Connection Café
You are not alone! The Connect Café is for persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners to meet for fun, food and fellowship! Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.

Support Groups - Click here for a full list of our Support Groups

Navigating as Couples
Arden Courts
1057 Willa Springs Drive
Winter Springs, FL 32708
1st Thursday - 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Martha Purdy, LCSW facilitates a monthly support group for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers. Lunch is provided by Arden Courts. Please RSVP to (800) 272-3900.

Alumni Groups
Center for Family Caregiving
3661 S Babcock St
Melbourne, FL
1st Wednesday - 2:00 PM
Prerequisite attendance in EASE or First Steps Program

First United Methodist Church
825 Forrest Ave.
Cocoa, FL 32922
2nd Tuesday – 10:30 AM
Prerequisite attendance in EASE or First Steps Program

No one should face Alzheimer’s or Dementia alone

Click link directly above to view our online resources for people who are newly diagnosed. Our 'I have Alzheimer’s' webpages were written in partnership with people in the early stages. Some of the topics include:

  • Know What to Expect
  • Treatments & Research
  • Programs & Support
  • Plan for Your Future
  • Overcoming Stigma
  • Younger-Onset Alzheimer's
  • Live Well

Memories in the Making®: A fine arts program for people with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program offers creative art expression for individuals with early to the middle stages of Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. People experiencing dementia are often able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice. Through painting, people are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory.

Memories in the Making® programs meet weekly in small groups under the guidance of a care professional and art facilitator who have been specially trained to work with individual with memory loss and dementia. For most of the individuals who participate in the group, this is their first time painting. Since there are no mistakes in art, the process is more important than the product.

Upcoming Dates:
January 5th, January 26th, February 2nd, February 16th, February 23rd
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Maitland Public Library
501 S. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

January 16th, January, 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th
10:30 - 11:30 am
Melbourne Public Library
540 E. Fee Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901

Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at or call (800) 272-3900 for additional times and locations.

The Memories in the Making program is seeking art facilitators, please contact Julie Shatzer, MSW, LCSW, Director of Programs at concerning this opportunity.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.