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Memory Connections

Early Memory Loss Support Program

AGE Early Memory Loss ProgramAGE of Central Texas Memory Connections early memory loss support program (formally known as Early Memory Loss Support Program) is committed to enhancing the mental and physical health and the overall quality of life of people affected by early stage dementia.  Read about the program's rich history here.

The vision of AGE's Memory Connections program is to provide education, information, and support to people experiencing the symptoms of early-stage dementia, as well as their caregivers, in order that they may remain as independent  for as long as possible.

Our team of professionals and dedicated volunteers continually strive to provide a high-quality, evidence-informed program designed to offer opportunities for cognitive stimulation and social engagement to the person living with early-stage dementia.

What is Memory Connections?
Memory Connections is an evidence-informed program for people experiencing early memory loss, such as mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia.  Our person-centered program focuses on the strengths of our participants at their ability levels.  Our participants enjoy various cognitive and physical activities to exercise their brains as well as a professionally facilitated support group.  Most importantly, Memory Connections provides a safe place where older adults experiencing early memory loss can share their challenges and emotions with others in similar situations.  Join us to share a laugh, enjoy the company of others, and stimulate your brain.

Locations:
Participants attend our program from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm once a week.  The program is offered at five different locations on different days:  Mondays in North Austin, Tuesdays in East Austin, Wednesdays in Georgetown, Thursdays in South Austin, and Fridays in West Austin.

Transportation:
AGE’s Memory Connections program does not provide transportation to and from program locations. Please contact us if you need assistance finding transportation options.

Caregiver Support Group:
The program hosts monthly caregiver support groups for family and friends of participants, facilitated by a licensed professional. We strongly encourage participation in this group as a way to meet other care partners and to learn about resources.

Admission Criteria:
An admission interview is required in order to participate in Memory Connections.  Each individual who participates in the program has a diagnosis of early-stage or mild memory loss from a medical professional. Some of the most frequent diagnoses include Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, or mild vascular dementia.

In addition to having a medical diagnosis, our participants are:

  • Aware of their memory loss and open to discussing it
  • Able to actively engage in group discussion and complete activities with minimal support
  • Able to regularly attend weekly groups, arrive on time,
    and stay for the entire program
  • Able to attend the program independently, including walking in and around the program center and going to
    the restroom

Criteria to Transition Out of Memory Connections:
Because memory loss often involves progressive changes in overall functioning, there may come a time when participation in the program is no longer appropriate or advantageous. Transition from the program to another program that is a better fit is at the discretion of the Program Director in collaboration with staff and volunteers.

Please contact us to schedule an admissions interview:
AGE of Central Texas - Memory Connections
Phone:  512-451-4611, ext. 236
Email:  MemoryConnections@AGEofCentralTX.org

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