“Beginnings” is a social gathering  for older adults with early or mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia,  and other neurocognitive disorders. Each meeting offers social,  intellectual, and physical engagement in an uplifting and safe  environment. Our goal is for each of our members to experience authentic  joy and connection with others whenever they join us.

Who is eligible to participate in the “Beginnings” program?

To join “Beginnings,” potential members must be:

  • Living with early or mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or a related neurocognitive disorder
  • Independent in activities of daily living
  • 60 years of age or older; younger adults considered on a case by case basis.

Our  team meets with potential members before their admission to the  “Beginnings” program. During this initial meeting, potential members and  their families have the opportunity to discuss “Beginnings” with group  leaders to ensure the program will be a mutual fit.

What are the benefits of joining?

You  will experience what makes “Beginnings” special the moment you enter  our meeting space and see our group in action. The benefits of  participation in “Beginnings” include:

  • Enhanced Well-Being:  Social engagement can improve one’s cognitive functioning while reducing  symptoms of clinical depression and other mental health challenges.  More than an affirming social experience, “Beginnings” includes group  meditation, yoga, and healthful food for members.
  • Creative  Programming: The interests of our members determine what we do together.  Guest lecturers from leading cultural organizations frequently join us.  Past guests have included a flutist from Lincoln Center, a docent of  Friends of the High Line, and a salsa dance teacher.
  • Welcoming  Community: Our diverse members include retired professionals, artists,  homemakers, and teachers. We all share a lifelong passion for learning  and a commitment to accepting people as they are. Together, we rise  above the challenges of neurocognitive disorders and continue to enjoy  everything life has to offer.
  • Intimate Gathering: We limit our  membership so that each person is able to connect with others without  getting lost in the crowd. Our small size also ensures that each of our  members receives individualized attention.

“Beginnings” is  especially beneficial for people who prefer to remain in their homes and  age in place, but still desire to be part of an active and welcoming  community. Our program also provides respite and support to family  caregivers, who can recharge with peace of mind while their loved one  benefits from our unique program.

What is the program schedule?

The “Beginnings” program meets each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program begins promptly at 11am and ends at 2pm.

What is the program fee?

The fee is $85 per session.