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Education Programs 

What's the difference between "Early-Stage" and "Younger Onset"?
“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, while “Younger Onset” refers to those diagnosed before 65 years of age.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers education, support groups and opportunities for volunteering and socialization to those living in the early stage or younger onset of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

I have Alzheimer's 

If you have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's or another dementia, you are not alone. Visit I Have Alzheimer's to understand the resources available to help empower you to move past the feeling of isolation that often comes with a diagnosis and on to planning, preparing, receiving support and living the best life after diagnosis. 

Journeys 

Journeys is a seven-week series for individuals living with memory loss and their care partner. Each two-hour meeting includes an educational presentation followed by separate peer discussion groups - one group of individuals living with memory loss and the other group with care partners. Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Michelle Crum at mcrum@alz.org or our Helpline at 800.272.3900 for more information.

Early Stage Support Group

The Association offers a support group for individuals of any age living with early stage dementia and their care partners.
The group meets every third Friday at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required. Please contact our Helpline at 800.272.3900 for more information.

Younger Onset Support Group

An opportunity for the person with memory impairment (diagnosed under the age of 65) and their family member(s) to participate in group discussions about resources and coping techniques for managing memory loss and planning for the future.
This group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m..

Registration is required. Please contact our Helpline at 800.272.3900 for more information.

Movement for Memory 

Movement for Memory is an exercise program developed from evidence-based studies
showing exercise may benefit people with dementia. OhioHealth and The Alzheimer’s Association – Central Ohio Chapter offers a pilot 12 week group exercise class. This wellness class targets people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early stage dementia. Current research supports that regular exercise may positively impact memory and cognitive skills, and may fight the aging process by maintaining and improving strength, coordination, balance and functional movement. Care partners are welcome and encouraged to participate. This pilot program was developed by Jackie Russell, RN BSN CNOR – Co-founder of OhioHealth Delay the Disease™ (wellness program for people with Parkinson’s disease) with collaborative support from the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter. The class meets two days per week for one hour and will be led by a trained professional. We are in the process of growing our program and would like to hear from you if you or a loved one is interested in joining. Learn more


Sparking Imaginations with Columbus Museum of Art

The Sparking Imaginations program is a group tour led by specially trained Museum docents at the Columbus Museum of Art. Participants have lively discussions in the gallery about art, ideas and memories over the course of an hour. Tours are available at 1 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month. Please call 614.629.5947 one week in advance to register.

Sparking Moment of Discovery with Ohio History Center

The Sparking Moments of Discovery program is a group tour led by specially trained History Center volunteers with support from staff at the Alzheimer’s Association. Individuals experiencing memory loss and their care partners explore what it was like to live in the 50s and 60s in central Ohio. Tours are available the second Tuesday of each month. Reservations are required. Please contact Mike Follin at 614.297.2634 or mfollin@ohiohistory.org for more information.

Memories in the Making 

This dementia friendly free Art program will reference the nationally recognized Memories in the Making®. This program allows a person with memory loss to engage in productive interaction with others via the visual arts, music or writing projects. These creative sessions are conducted by a trained art facilitator with assitance from chapter staff and volunteers. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. The Central Ohio Chapter Memories in the Making program is a free program provided through the generous support of Greif, Inc. 

Memories in the Making® is a registered trademark of Alzheimer’s Orange County, which has granted permission to the Alzheimer’s Association for such use.


Delaware County

Early Stage Education - Journeys

The Association offers a seven week series for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners. Each two hour meeting includes an educational presentation followed by separate peer discussion groups - one group of individuals living with memory loss and the other group with care partners.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Yvonne Fisher at 740.363.1365 or yfisher@alz.org for more information.

Early Stage Support Group

The Association offers a support group for individuals of any age living with early stage dementia and their care partners.
The group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.. Registration is required, please contact Yvonne Fisher at 740.363.1365 or yfisher@alz.org for more information.


Early Stage Socialization

The Alzheimer’s Association also offers weekly early stage socialization programs in Delaware. The Day Out Club is a social engagement program designed for individuals living in the early stage of dementia who come together to exercise their brains and bodies, participate in community service projects, and other activities to stimulate their minds. 
The Club meets three times a month on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a screening is required to participate. Please contact Yvonne Fisher at 740.363.1365 or yfisher@alz.org
 

Memories in the Making 

This dementia friendly free Art program will reference the nationally recognized Memories in the Making®. This program allows a person with memory loss to engage in productive interaction with others via the visual arts, music or writing projects. These creative sessions are conducted by a trained art facilitator with assitance from chapter staff and volunteers. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. The Central Ohio Chapter Memories in the Making program is a free program provided through the generous support of Greif, Inc. Learn more

Memories in the Making® is a registered trademark of Alzheimer’s Orange County, which has granted permission to the Alzheimer’s Association for such use.

Funding for these programs comes from Delaware County Foundation, Jack and Jane Van Fossen Fund and SourcePoint.