This spring the Alzheimer’s Association will help expand similar “social engagement” groups nationwide for people in the early stages of dementia. The association will also help chapters launch peer-to-peer programs in which a person with early-stage Alzheimer’s counsels those newly diagnosed or already living with the condition.
The initiative is part of a broader effort to recognize the growing numbers of people diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s and include their perspective in the association’s work, said Monica Moreno, director of early stage initiatives at the organization. About half of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s are in the early stages of this illness, research suggests. More.