AGE of Central Texas Early Memory Loss Support (formally known as New Connections) is committed to enhancing the mental and physical health and the overall quality of life of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
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 Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, as well as their caregivers, in order that they may remain as independent as possible 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:
"Brain Boosters" Memory Fitness Group
Ongoing Book Club
Current Events Discussion Group
Additional groups activities such as Professional writing program, Art and music therapies
Weekly early-stage support group for participants, providing information, education, and new connections
Support for Caregivers:
Access to one on one consultation with AGE caregiver resource and information staff and other services such as Health Equipment Lending, Adult Day Health Center services, and free caregivers educational seminars
Monthly support group for caregivers, family members, and friends of the Early Memory Loss participants
This program is currently offered at two locations:
Wednesdays: 9 AM -1 PM, South Austin
Thursdays: 9 AM - 1 PM, West Austin
Please contact Program Director Anna Finger for more information or to enroll in the program. You can reach her at email@example.com or 512-451-4611 ext 245. A screening interview is required to enroll in the program. There is a $25 one-time enrollment fee which directly covers material and activity costs.
Prospective participants must have a medical diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Stage Dementia. They must also be aware of their memory impairments, and they should possess a willingness to engage in cognitive stimulation activities and group discussions about living with the symptoms of dementia.
Below is a story by KXAN highlighting the experience of having early-stage memory loss and AGE's Early Memory Loss Support Program: