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What is Early Stage?

"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 a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with "younger-onset" that develop dementia under age 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.

Early Stage Programs

Changing Gears Education Program

Changing Gears is an education program built for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. This eight-week course provides insight about Alzheimer's disease as well as offering a view of what the future will hold allowing individuals and their families to prepare. The course meets weekly and serves as a prerequisite before participants can move into many of the other early stage programs. The program allows people to become familiar with the disease and its progression, build valuable friendships and allow people to get to know the Alzheimer's Association.

A special screening is necessary to be placed in the Changing Gears Program. To learn  more, call 214.540.2419.

Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program

The Early-Stage Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program provides a unique service in which newly diagnosed individuals living with early-stage Alzheimer's or other dementia connect with an Early-Stage Peer Outreach Volunteer through a series of confidential phone calls. Both peer outreach volunteers and the newly diagnosed individual share their experiences living with dementia by engaging in meaningful dialogue.

A special screening is necessary to be placed in the Peer-to-Peer Outreach Program. To learn  more, call 214.540.2419.

Early Stage Socialization Programs

Socialization proves to enhance the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their care partners. We’ve known for some time that being social is an essential part of one’s brain health with healthy diet and exercise. The Alzheimer’s Association provides many different socialization activities across our 34-county region.  Learn more about our programs by clicking on one of the below.

Memories in the Making®
Memories in the Making is a therapeutic art program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their care partners.

Memory Café
Memory Café is a socialization opportunity held at local coffee shops, restaurants, senior centers and churches in your area.  Join an Alzheimer’s Association Memory Café where staying connected and having fun makes a difference.

Caregiver's Day Out
When a caregiver tries to do everything on their own, they may become exhausted. We can help. Caregiver's Day Out gives you time out. Participants with Early to Mid-stage Alzheimer's disease receive life-enhancing social activities with peers in a safe environment.


Alzheimer's Association

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