Early Stage Dementia Support Group
- 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- All Ages
Early Stage Support Groups benefit persons living with dementia by providing a platform to build a network of others sharing a similar experience; offer ways to solve common problems; talk through challenges and suggest ways to cope; create a safe space to share feelings, needs, and concerns; and learn about local resources. To determine whether a person living with dementia is fit for the group, a screening is required. This ensures the group meets the needs of its members. In order to participate in the group, each member must: have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, have mild memory loss or other mild symptoms due to dementia, acknowledge their diagnosis and related symptoms, be willing to participate in group discussions, be able to communicate their symptoms and experience, and have no other serious medical conditions or mental illness that could put anyone at risk. Group members and care partners must also recognize that membership in the group is temporary, as all persons with dementia will progress beyond the ability to participate. This group will meet monthly on the third Tuesday at 10:00 am beginning March 16, 2021, and it will run for six months. After six months, all members will be rescreened. Those still fit will be invited back to the group, while those who have progressed, and their caregivers, will be transitioned to more appropriate resources. New members will be accepted until May 2021. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the group can reach out to Acacia Deadrick at (712) 454-5035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.