“Through guided, focused reflection on a beloved childhood pastime like baseball, people with Alzheimer’s can explore and enjoy early life memories and reconnect with their essential sense of self,” the release said.
The sessions will be held on alternating Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alzheimer Texas's headquarters at 3520 Executive Center Drive, Ste. 140, Austin. They serve as a form of “reminiscence therapy” which some studies have shown improves mood, communication and functional ability, according to the release.
“While people with early-stage Alzheimer’s may have difficulty with their short-term memory, their long-term memories remain intact for many years,” the release said. “The practice can involve not only conversation, but interacting with sounds, smells, and sensory experiences that trigger long dormant memories.”
The meetings also offer an opportunity for individuals experiencing early stages of Alzheimer’s to find support from peers with memory loss and a shared interest in baseball, officials said. Lunch will be included.
Participants must schedule a pre-screening interview by calling 512-241-0420, ext. 10 or emailing [email protected]