Early Memory Loss Clubs: A Novel Approach for Stimulating and Sustaining Cognitive Function

  • Thomas Fritsch
  • Kathleen A. Smyth
  • Maggie S. Wallendal
  • Kristin Einberger
  • David S. Geldmacher


In this chapter we describe a particular intervention, Early Memory Loss Clubs, that we believe exemplify the type of intervention needed for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). We summarize the current status of medical management of ADRD and provide a brief introduction to non-­pharmacological approaches to ADRD intervention and management.


Cognitive Stimulation Geriatric Depression Scale Score Research Volunteer Care Partner Functional Activity Questionnaire 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Asenath LaRue, Ph. D., Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph. D., and Linda R. Rechlin, B. A., who provided review and comment during the preparation of this manuscript. The Helen Bader Foundation (Milwaukee, WI; provided financial support to conduct the study. Other financial support was provided by the Parkinson Research Institute, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. Finally, the authors thank the research volunteers with ADRD who participated in our study of memory loss programs, and who made our research and preparation of this chapter possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Fritsch
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kathleen A. Smyth
    • 4
    • 5
  • Maggie S. Wallendal
    • 6
    • 7
  • Kristin Einberger
    • 8
  • David S. Geldmacher
    • 9
  1. 1.Aurora Sinai Medical CenterParkinson Research InstituteMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Helen Bader School of Social WelfareUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyCase Western Reserve School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsCase Western Reserve School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  5. 5.Neurological Outcomes CenterUniversity Hospitals Case Medical CenterClevelandUSA
  6. 6.Aurora Sinai Medical CenterParkinson Research InstituteMilwaukeeUSA
  7. 7.Helen Bader School of Social WelfareUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  8. 8.Brain BoostersKristin Einberger ConsultingAmerian CanyonUSA
  9. 9.Department of NeurologyBirminghamUSA

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