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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease
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Support and Education for Early Dementia

Support and Education for Early Dementia (SEED) is an eight-week research program for newly diagnosed individuals living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and their families. The weekly sessions include an educational portion led by expert speakers, followed by a designated time for peer support and conversation led by Northwestern social workers.

This program offers:

  • An emotional supportive network with other families
  • Education from expert guest presenters, tailored to the needs and preferences of those with dementia and their families
  • Social engagement
  • Awareness of helpful resources and services


  • This program typically runs twice annually; once in the fall and once in the spring
  • Space is limited; the group typically caps at approximately 20 participants
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering SEED online. Although we wish to meet with our participants in person, we know this level of caution is needed at the time.  

Prior registration and an interview are required to participate. Please contact Debbie Dyslin at

"This is an important program because I felt like a loner at the beginning, but I have a lot of company now."

— Person with diagnosis, 2017

The Glen and Wendy Miller Family
The program above is made possible by the generosity of the Miller family. Through their $1.25 million commitment, Glen and Wendy Miller and their daughter Lauren Izaks support the education and support programs for individuals and families living with neurocognitive disease, particularly the Buddy Program, which they have supported since 2008. In addition, their gift has helped establish the Miller Social Work Fellowship Program.
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