Learning Together: Early Stage Alzheimer’s Program

If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you are not alone.

There are people who understand what you are going through, and help is available.
There is much you can do in the early stage to cope with the changes ahead.

 Learning Together  is a seven-session series designed to educate individuals living with a diagnosis and their care partners about the disease and how to live well with a diagnosis. At each session a different topic is presented by a healthcare professional. Sample topics include: early memory loss, medical and research information, legal and financial planning and the next steps.   The program is recommended for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.

We asked Sharon Parham to share about her experience participating in the Learning Together program.

Sharon Parham’s husband Bob Parham was only diagnosed in late July 2016 and Sharon shared, “quite frankly we were stunned. He was considered Mild, but as I took the class I realized more was going on with Bob. I felt I should see the doctor again and now Bob is considered Moderate. He also qualified for more meds to help. I am not sure I would have known to do this without the knowledge I gained from this class. I would strongly recommend it to anyone dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s.”

How did you find out about the Alzheimer’s Association?

A friend who has a sister with Alzheimer’s, recommended the site to me.

Why did you decide to participate in the Learning Together Program?

This same friend said he got a lot out of the class and strongly recommended it. I have enjoyed the class and the openness in which everything is presented.

What was the most beneficial part of the program for you?

I think the driving class was the most pertinent for my husband, but the presentation on communication was the most informative to me. Also, the information

about Elder care lawyers was very good information.

Share an example of something you shared in the group that other members of the group found helpful.

I suppose the openness in which my husband and I have approached this.

What skill or tool did you gain that has allowed you to make more empowered choices?

I was empowered to speak again to my husbands doctor and not be put off on my concerns. I felt empowered to ask more questions…. And to ask for help

If you were having coffee with someone who asked if they should participate in the group, what would you say to them?

I would strongly encourage them to attend these classes as I feel it is one of the few places you can ask questions and feel you are getting answers or guidance.


If you or someone you know is an individual living with a diagnosis or their care partners  and are looking to learn more about the disease and how to live well with a diagnosis, please join us for the Learning Together progam. At each session a different topic is presented by a healthcare professional.

○ Who: Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia along with a family member, care partner, or friend.
○ What: Learning Together is a seven-session series designed to educate individuals living with a diagnosis and their care partners about the disease and how to live well with a diagnosis. At each session a different topic is presented by a healthcare professional. Sample topics include: early memory loss, medical and research information, legal and financial planning and the next steps.
○ When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.
○ Where: The Alzheimer’s Association office, located at 6055 South Loop East, Houston, Texas 77087
○ For more information or to register, email earlystagehouston@alz.org or call our helpline at 800-272-3900.

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.