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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 Support Group

An 8-week support group for those living with early-stage dementia or MCI (mild cognitive impairment). Separate groups for care partners offered simultaneously. If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, you are not alone. 


Offered twice a year at our Chicago office.

Meets for eight weeks, starting early Spring 2019 (TBA)

Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800

Pre-screening required. 
Call Theresa Dewey, LCPC, ATR 847.779.6963 or Peggy Rubenstein, LPC, 847.324.0364


Meets for eight weeks on April 1 - May 20, 2019 

Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
614 West Glen Avenue Peoria, IL 61614

Interview required to participate.
Call Olivier Kah at 309.282.6656 or email

Early Stage Phone and Online Support Group

Have you been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia? Is using the phone or computer more convenient than meeting in person? If so, join us for an educational and supportive gathering of individuals from across the state with a similar diagnosis.

Early Stage Phone and Online Support Group can offer:

  • Strategies for coping with changes in daily life
  • A forum to connect with others, express feelings and share insights
  • Disease education
  • Information about community resources

Join us by phone or online and get the experience of an in-person program.

Second Tuesday
every month
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

For pre-screening and registration please call Peggy Rubenstein 847.324.0364.

Memory Café 

A memory café is an informal social gathering for people with dementia and their loved ones. Memory cafes offer an opportunity for individuals with MCI, early-stage Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and their care partners and family members to come together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment.

We will soon be piloting early-stage memory cafes in Illinois. Check back soon for updates.