Early Alzheimer's Support and Education (EASE)
Have you or someone you care about been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder?
Do you have questions about what this diagnosis means for you?
Let the Alzheimer’s Association put you at EASE…..
What is EASE?
EASE is an education and support program for people recently diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder and their families and/or friends.
In the EASE program, diagnosed individuals and their loved ones partner together to learn about the disease and how they can manage it. While both participants attend EASE together, they also get the chance to meet separately, with other diagnosed individuals and family members. EASE gives participants the chance to talk to others in similar situations and to get support from each other.
Who can attend EASE?
In order to participate in EASE, individuals must have received a diagnosis* of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, be aware of the diagnosis, and be comfortable discussing it in a group setting.
Diagnosed individuals participating in EASE must also attend with a family member and/or friend.*
*The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia wants as many people as possible to benefit from EASE. If you have questions about whether EASE is for you, please contact us.
EASE participants meet once a week for 8 weeks. Each meeting is interactive and lasts about two hours. There are guest speakers who share their expertise on various topics.
Week 1: Meeting Other Travelers - getting to know each other.
Week 2: Where the Journey May Take You - overview of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and discussion of diagnostic experience.
Week 3: Traveling Together - enhancing communication to meet the challenges of present and future changes brought on by a memory disorder.
Week 4: A Day at a Time - dealing with everyday events, tips for dealing with memory loss
Week 5: Managing Change - maintaining a healthy attitude, dealing with feelings about recent changes.
Week 6: Medical Update - current information on the disease, research, and treatment.
Week 7: Check Points - insight into legal issues and preparing for the future.
Week 8: The Road Ahead – learning about relevant community resources.