Early Stage Tele-Support Group
This 6 week support and educational group is led by Lindsay Roshoff, LMSW, via conference call. Topics include everything from disease basics, to coping and management, and tools for maintain independence. To set up a pre-screening, please call (512) 241-0420 or email RRodriguez@txalz.org
Spring 2017: February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 from 3 – 4 pm
Fall 2017: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11 from 3 – 4 pm
Spring 2017: January 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3. Meetings will be held at Alzheimer's Texas (3520 Executive Center, #140, 78731). Call (512) 241-0420 or email RRodriguez@txalz.org for a pre-screening.
In addition to community respite development, Alzheimer’s Texas* has an Early Stage social engagement program called Talking Baseball. Led by a group of dedicated volunteers, this program features 6 meetings where persons in the Early Stage and their caregivers reconnect with a lifetime of memories through conversations about a shared passion: baseball. Fun activities and themed food make these meetings a ton of fun!
The effects of a dementing illness like Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating to a person’s sense of self; their symptoms may lead them to become disconnected from meaningful hobbies and relationships. While people with early stage Alzheimer’s may have difficulty with their short-term memory, their long-term memories remain intact for many years. Through guided, focused reflection on a beloved childhood pastime like baseball, people with Alzheimer’s can not only connect with a new peer group, but also reinforce their own sense of identity.
Research into reminiscence therapy is very promising, and indicates that the simple act of sharing memories can have outcomes like improved mood, communication, and even functional ability. The practice can involve not only conversation, but interacting with sounds, smells, and sensory experiences that trigger long dormant memories.
By Us For Us© Guides
The By Us For Us© Guides (BUFU guides) are a series of guides created by a group of talented and passionate persons with dementia and/or partners in care. The guides are designed to equip persons with dementia with the necessary tools to enhance their well-being and manage daily challenges. What makes these guides particularly useful is that they are created by persons with dementia and/or partners in care, for persons with dementia and/or partners in care. These documents were produced at the University of Waterloo by the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), and are protected by copyright. Electronic versions of the guides are available here. We carry complimentary hard copies of the guides for our constituents. To get a copy, please call (512) 241-0420.