Early Stage Services

Learning to live well with dementia starts with empowering yourself with the right information, resources and connections.  We can help address your growing concerns, enable earlier treatment, and empower you and your loved ones to plan for the future, including financial and legal matters.

Living Well with Early Memory Loss

A facilitated three-week supportive/educational Zoom group for people with early memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of dementia.  You and your partner will meet on-line with others in similar situations and share how to deal with daily challenges, learn new coping techniques, and gain healthy strategies for living well with the diagnosis.

Explore such subjects such as:

  • Memory impairments: symptoms, diagnosis, & progression

  • Strategies for living well including diet, exercise, cognitive stimulation, socialization & more

  • Medications

  • Coping techniques for dealing with day-to-day challenges

  • Family & social relationships

  • Planning for the future

Read what one of our participants had to say about the Living with Early Memory Loss Group: 
 
We credit staff at AlzOC for encouraging us to enroll in the Living Well with Early Memory Loss Group, Connect 2 Culture and Our Gang programs.  It meant everything to us to meet other people in similar situations and we made long lasting friendships.  If not for AlzOC we would still be stumbling in the dark.  God bless you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for couples and families living with dementia.”

If you would like to learn more about our Living Well with Early Memory Loss Series, please contact earlystage@alzoc.org

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As we cautiously return to select in-person community events, we are pleased to continue to offer virtual social, cultural and art activities on Zoom. Participants may engage in the following activities:

  • Memories in the Making® Art Classes

  • Live Concerts

  • Music for your Mind Classes

  • Bowers Museum Trips

     

  • Safari Truck Tours at Irvine Ranch Conservancy

     

  • And more!

CONNECT2CULTURE® is a registered trademark owned by the Alzheimer’s Disease And Related Disorders, New York City, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Our Gang

Join our virtual, interactive groups for persons living with memory loss and their care partners. Depending on where you are in your journey, we have a group for you! 

  • Support groups for care partners
  • Support groups for people in early stages of memory loss
  • Social engagement for persons with moderate stage memory loss
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MindFit OC

Research has shown that lifestyle factors, specifically those that improve brain health, can play a role in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Review our brain classes and programs focused on brain health and check our class listings for dates and times.

MindFit Classes

We offer several health education classes based on the latest research from the Cleveland Clinic. In these 1-hour classes, we:

  • Cover the six pillars of brain health

  • Review age-related changes in memory and learning

  • Explore possible risks and threats to brain health

  • Outline practical steps to protect brain health and lower risk of cognitive decline

Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, and sleep for brain health.

4 Weeks to a Better Memory

An evidence-based 4-week memory training program, with 2-hour sessions each week, for healthy older adults with normal-aging memory challenges who wish to improve or maintain their memory ability.
This program is not intended for people with a diagnosis of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Brain Boot Camp

An intensive, evidenced-based class held over two 90-minute sessions that teaches healthy brain lifestyles and tips for enhancing memory ability.