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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
  • Light breakfast and coffee/tea service is provided

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

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