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Peers & Partners

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?

The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter is proud to bring Partners & Partners to our area.

What is Peers & Partners?

Peers & Partners 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 Peers & Partners program, diagnosed individuals and their loved ones partner together to learn about the disease and how they can manage it.  While both participants attend Peers & Partners  together, they also get the chance to meet separately, with other diagnosed individuals and family members. Peers & Partners  gives participants the chance to talk to others in similar situations and to get support from each other.

Who can attend Peers & Partners?

In order to participate in Peers & Partners , 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 Peers & Partners 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 Peers & Partners . If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

Peers & Partners  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.

Meeting 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.              

Contact Us 

For more information, please call Debra Davis our local office at 800.272.3900 or by e-mail at

The Peers & Partners program was originally developed by the Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter.


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