Early Stage Alzheimer's & Memory Care Support Lounge
A safe emotional processing space
FOR THOSE NEW TO BRAIN CHANGES & MEMORY LOSS
A doctor has finally given you a diagnosis for why you've been forgetful lately or why you can't seem to find all the right words anymore. Or maybe, frustratingly tests are inconclusive as to what exactly is causing your confusion. What now? The early stages of memory loss can be especially hard if you are still young (or even young-at-heart!) You may find you are always covering up and feel so isolated in ways others just can't understand. You are not alone.
If you were born between the 1940’s and 1960’s, you are a "baby boomer" and lived your formative years in the 1950's, 60's & 70's. You know it was a time of new and abundant ideas about art, music, architecture and life. Society and family dynamics changed forever, so in this early stage memory care support group we weave it all into a meaningful, respectful, yet fun group experience. If your Doctor, Primary Care Physician, Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Neurologist has recently diagnosed you with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Early On-set Alzheimer's, Dementia, or other early stage memory loss, this is for you. We treat you like the adult you are, as we know you still have so much to offer and so many strengths and talents.
We also know other's are concerned for you and what is to come in your future (and we know you are too.) This is a place for you to understand your brain changes — yet not be defined by them. It's a place to safely ask questions and explore issues while benefitting from scientifically proven methods of creative cognitive stimulation and stress reduction. It's also a chance to celebrate strengths and make new friends with others who really get what you're going through. We discuss, we laugh, we make art, we see you for who you are, and who you want to be. It is so nice to have a place where you don't have to always pretend everything is perfectly ok, because we know it isn't.
Please note: This is a socialization and support group for early stage participants only. As this is not a day center or health care facility, we can not accommodate members with mid or late-stage dementia, or those with extensive physical or wander risks. If you need a referral to excellent services that can meet these needs please give a call.
Because we know early stage memory loss affects everyone in a family, counseling and education in this area is available individually or for a family group. I also have unique experience teaching young children and grandchildren about Alzheimer's and other brain changes, including ways to still interact and engage together with the person they love. Please call to learn more.
If you think a private individual or family session of your own may be more helpful, contact me today for a free 20 minute consultation and we'll find you the right form of help for your situation.
— All support groups held in Larchmont Village, Los Angeles —
Fall & Winter 2018 groups now forming.
Call for more info or to reserve your spot.
Finding a safe place to be with others who "get" what you are going through is not always easy. I bring together like-minded people working on similar struggles for support, guidance and healing. Because these groups are carefully curated for the best possible helpful experience, you must give a call for an intake interview to be admitted to a support group at The Limbic Lounge.
Please know there may be a waiting list for some groups for a couple months, so please call today for availability or to reserve your spot.
All groups are $65 per session, per member.
1.5 hours duration
Group meetings are weekly and are on-going.
A 10 week commitment is recommended to form a solid group of peers, though not required. Most members stay longer.
Each group is capped at 6 members to ensure an intimate, personal experience with time for everyone to speak (or just listen).
All materials Included. No specific talent required. This art is for expression, not your Mom's refrigerator. There is no right or wrong.
Can be in addition or alternative to individual therapy if you find being with others helpful or if individual fees are beyond your budget.