Who the group is for:

The support group is for individuals who are experiencing early-stage Alzheimer’s or another related cognitive disorder. It is not for caregivers for whom there are other support groups available in the Verde Valley.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The Association recommends that support groups for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s be exclusive to them and separate from their caregivers.

What the group will discuss:

Topics to be discussed will include the first signs individuals noticed of a problem, the diagnosis and adjustment process, disclosure of the diagnosis, relationship changes, changing ways of communicating, how the diagnosis affects identity and maintaining independence. 

The group is designed to be a sharing group focused on support. Educational resource materials will be available. However, day-to-day life and feelings, issues, concerns and observations are the main focus.

When and where the group meets: 
Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, 25 Chapel Road, Sedona.

Facilitators for the group are Judith Patton and Barbara Litrell.

To sign up for the group, please contact Barbara Litrell, 928-649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.