Early Memory Loss Support
AGE of Central Texas' Early Memory Loss Support Program (formally known as New Connections) is committed to enhancing the mental and physical health and the overall quality of life of people affected by early stage dementia.
The vision of AGE's Early Memory Loss Support 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.
Support for participants:
The Program each week includes the following activities:
- "Brain Boosters" memory fitness group
- Creativity group
- Ongoing book club
- Current events discussion group
- Additional groups activities such as creative writing, art, music therapy, improv theater, and much more
- Weekly support group for participants, facilitated by a licensed social worker or licensed professional counselor, providing emotional support and education
Support for Caregivers:
- Access to one-on-one consultation with AGE caregiver resource and information staff and other services such as Health Equipment Lending Program, Adult Day Health Center services, and free caregivers educational seminars
- Monthly support group for caregivers, family members, and friends of the Early Memory Loss Program participants
This program is currently offered at four locations, once a week from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM:
- Mondays in North Austin
- Tuesdays in East Austin
- Wednesdays in South Austin
- Thursdays in West Austin
To learn more about becoming a participant or volunteer, please contact K.C. Lawrence, Early Memory Loss Support Program Director, at 512-451-4611, ext. 236, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that a screening interview is required to enroll in the program.
Prospective participants must have a memory-related diagnosis from a doctor, or a demonstrated memory impairment.
Additionally, potential participants should be:
- Aware of their memory loss
- Willing to work toward positive solutions to challenges
- Able to regularly attend weekly meetings, arrive on time, and stay for the entire program
- Able to walk independently in and around the program center and able to go to the restroom independently