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Q. How do I know if my loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease?
A. If you already have a diagnosis and are wondering at what level your loved one might be, you can refer to The Global Deterioration Scale which explains the 7 stages of disease progression. You can find it at:
Q. Do you accept people with dementia from causes other than Alzheimer’s and MCI?
A. Yes. As long as they meet the other criteria for membership and are not experiencing delusions or emotional disorders that could be disruptive at meetings,
Q. What is mild cognitive impairment?
A. The Alzheimer’s Association defines mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as a condition that “causes cognitive changes that are serious enough to be noticed by the person affected and by family members and friends, but do not affect the individual’s ability to carry out everyday activities.”
Q. Do your members have to have a medical diagnosis to be eligible for membership?
Q. Does the care partner participate in the meetings?
A. No. The care partner may set up the computer or tablet for the member, but they do not otherwise participate.
Q. How much does the member have to operate the computer or tablet during the meeting?
A. Not at all. Once the meeting has started, the member does not have to manipulate the technology at all.
Q. Does someone have to be present with the member during the meetings?
A. No, no one need be present. However, rarely internet glitches happen with
the member’s connection, and so it is helpful if someone is nearby who can help. But it isn’t required.
Q. Can someone participate who lives in an assisted living facility?
A. Yes. As long as they have access to a computer or tablet, have a quiet,
undisturbed place to participate, and have someone who can log them on for each session.
Q. Is A Gathering of Minds therapy?
A. Yes. A Gathering of Minds is a recreational therapy program designed to promote cognitive reserve and help to prevent loneliness and isolation in people experiencing the early stages of dementia.
Q. Is A Gathering of Minds a “support group?”
A. Membership in A Gathering of Minds strongly supports the well-being of its members and provides respite for care partners. However, it is not a “support group” in the sense that meetings do not focus on pathology or emotional upset. While genuine feelings do arise and are welcomed, the focus of meetings is to expand individuals’ intellectual and social horizons.