Sharing Experiences Together
SET provides weekly discussion groups for, and facilitated by, people living with a mild cognitive impairment or a mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, Lewy Body disease, posterior cortical atrophy, multiple sclerosis, etc. We meet weekly to share our experiences, learn, and support each other.
COVID-19 policy: SET recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our participants is our priority. SET groups continue to meet weekly at their usual day and time via ZOOM. By using the ZOOM Meeting platform, SET continues to provide the experience of sharing, support, and connection so vital to our community.
Sharing Experiences Together
is Dedicated to:
- Providing support and encouragement for people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early neurocognitive disorders.
- Providing a forum for discussion of educational and interesting topics.
- Changing the narrative surrounding neurocognitive diseases from “doom and gloom” to living a full and joyful life.
- Reducing the cultural stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your meetings like?
We always start with coffee and often have a healthy snack available for participants to enjoy as they arrive and settle in. Everyone is friendly, kind and non-judgmental. The facilitator will begin the meeting by introducing any new members to the group and then asking whom would like to share first. Then we go around the room so that each person has an opportunity to talk. Sometimes, we decide on a topic, but often a topic will naturally come up in our discussions.
How do I know if I am a “good fit” for a group?
Ultimately, no one knows if they are a good fit until they attend a couple of meetings. Some people share more than others, and each meeting has an ebb and flow. We accept everyone and treat each other with kindness and respect.
Can I just show up, or is there a process for joining a discussion group?
We have a simple process, which starts with you contacting us via email: email@example.com. We will ask you a few questions and schedule a meeting over coffee with two of our facilitators. This allows us to get to know each other and determine which group would be a good fit for you. You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you to this initial meeting.
What is the level of commitment required of participants?
We ask that you follow our group agreements to ensure a positive experience for you and other participants in the group.
"... I found that there is no relief like the company of others who openly share their deeply guarded fears. Attending my third SET meeting, I could actually laugh at myself among my peers."
It has been easy to trust, to share stories, to be accepted non-judgmentally by all. Most every meeting, I say, “I love you” to the group, and I mean it."
"The socialization in our SET groups is sometimes tearful, but more often filled with laughter. Our discussions about living with the challenges of mild cognitive impairment and how to adapt to our new reality are cathartic."
"We appreciate the opportunity for sharing feelings and experiences, for receiving and extending encouragement and support, and to laugh and learn in a judge-free zone."
"... SET has filled a gap for me. It gives me a reason to get out of bed, literally and figuratively, and get on with a positive and productive life."
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