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Early-Stage Services
One of the core themes underlying the early-stage experience for those recently diagnosed with memory loss are the changes in behavior, cognition, daily routines and relationships that can often result in isolation, depression and lack of connection with those around them. Early-stage individuals benefit from opportunities that allow them to make meaningful contributions, remain involved and active in daily life, foster friendships and make decisions for as long as possible. 

Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Groups
These groups are designed to meet the needs of the person with dementia as well as the care partner. The group splits into two smaller groups. People with dementia talk privately with a facilitator and care partners do the same separately. Each person is free to discuss feelings, issues of concern or just meet others walking the same journey.  

The environment fosters an atmosphere of trust, safety and confidentiality. When the time comes that the person with dementia or their care partner is no longer benefitting from the early-stage support group, facilitators assist in offering other options to help meet the family’s needs. Prescreening is required.
Contact Yolanda Wright at ywright@alz.org or 410.561.9099 ext.1848. Click here for a full listing of Alzheimer's Association support groups in Maryland.

Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs
offers a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stage of memory loss to get out, get active and get connected with one another through a variety of social events and community-based activities. The Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter is pleased to work with community partners for these social opportunities for individuals who are living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners.

For more information, contact Yolanda Wright at ywright@alz.org or 410.561.9099, ext 208. For a list of early-stage social engagement programs, click here.