Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Education & Support

Early Stage Memory Loss Education & Support Group

Living with a New Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Related Disorder

Support Group Description

The Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group is a monthly support group for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their families.

The peer-support group is professionally facilitated and may include discussions about the impact of the diagnosis on you and your family, coping with changing abilities, improving communication skills, finding meaningful activity, and planning for the future. You will have access to up-to-date information about treatment and research advances and available community resources.

Group Sessions Provide

Group Members

Participants must have a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease or related illness, be aware of their diagnosis, be able to participate in a group discussion about living with memory loss and feel comfortable in a group setting.

Family caregivers including spouses/partners, adult children, and other family members are invited to join the caregiver support group. Both groups meet at the same time and location in nearby rooms.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Prentice Women's Hospital.  Details of the specific meeting location are made available after a new member screening is complete. Please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW at 312-908-9432 or to set up a screening meeting.

Meeting Times

The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30 - 12:00pm.  A new member screening is required to participate. Please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW at 312-908-9432 or to set up a screening meeting.


Group participants can receive discounted parking if using the Northwestern Hospital parking garage at 250 E. Huron Ave.

For More Information

For more information please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW at 312-908-9432 or


This program is facilitated for the community by the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC). Please consider supporting the CNADC.

This page last updated Mar 26, 2014

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