Connections is a group program for persons with early memory loss. Appropriate participants for the program are individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia and who are no longer driving, but are in the early stages of their illness. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Brookdale Foundation.
The two groups currently meet weekly: at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, across the street from Friendship Center, and at Live Oak Unitarian Church in Goleta, with lunch provided at both sites. The program provides participants with a chance to join others experiencing early memory loss. Also provided are memory retention and retraining exercises, and time to share in support group discussions. Music and light exercise round out the day. The Connections program is a wonderful option for those not quite ready to attend the day program, but who are wanting social and cognitive stimulation and a chance to proactively “do something” to help their memories. Credentialed professionals, who have been specially trained as Early Memory Loss group facilitators by the Brookdale Foundation, facilitate Connections classes.
For more information about the Connections Program, please contact the Friendship Center: (805) 969-0859 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.