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2013-07-25 / Community News

Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Support Group Offers Community and Education

Beginning on August 6th, the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter will offer a unique program geared towards supporting and educating persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s disease. This free program will discuss the changes they will experience as the disease progresses, planning for the future, understanding medications, and maintaining independence, among other themes. The group will be led by licensed clinical social worker Suzanne Oliver, and will foster community among its participants. The group session will be held via conference call, to ensure convenience and accessibility for all participants.

Due to stigma and diminishing communication skills, Alzheimer’s can be a very isolating disease. This support group will connect people at an early stage of dementia, creating an emotional support network to minimize the feeling of estrangement many experience. The group seeks to empower its participants to become more involved in decisions regarding their treatment and care, helping them face this challenging disease with dignity.

The first meeting will be held August 6th from 4:00-5:00pm, and will proceed every Tuesday until September 10. A pre-screening interview is required to register; those interested may call (512) 241-0420 to sign up.

Family members of those with Alzheimer’s are invited to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter’s free education and support services, including monthly classes on a variety of topics relating to providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s and caregiver support groups. For more information about our Chapter’s services and resources, visit our website at http:// www.alz.org/texascapital, or call our Office at (512) 241-0420.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please call Amelia Frank at 512-241-0420, ext. 11 or email Amelia at afrank@txalz.org.

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