The Oasis:  An Early Stage Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Program is an outreach ministry of First Baptist Church of Lewisville partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas. This program provides a meeting place for adults with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings combine socialization, physical movement, music and other memory stimulating activities in a safe and comfortable environment. The definition of oasis is “a refuge, as from work or stress; haven”. We provide a safe refuge for the person diagnosed with dementia as well as a worry free refuge for the caregiver. This program allows caregivers a 4 hour window to attend to their personal needs with the assurance that their loved one is well cared for.

Date and Time:

We meet Thursdays from 10am-2pm at First Baptist Church of Lewisville in the Fellowship Center.  We break during the summer months and follow the LISD school calendar.

Criteria for Participation

  • Diagnosis of Early to Mid Stage Alzheimer’s, other dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Independently Mobile
  • Able to handle all self care needs (continent/ able to use bathroom by themselves)
  • Able to verbalize needs
  • Able to participate in group activities
  • Not exhibiting aggressive behaviors
  • Not exhibiting wandering behaviors

Each individual will visit the group on a trial basis for the first time to see if they can benefit from and participate in the group. After the first meeting I will call the caregiver to discuss how the meeting went and to determine admission.

Volunteers Needs:

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and positive volunteers that are ready to jump in and engage with our wonderful participants. I promise after working with this group The Oasis will become the best part of your week! We need volunteers who can dedicate 2-4 Thursdays a month from 10am-2pm to work with our participants.

Do you enjoy leading an exercise, music or craft activity? We also need volunteers that can come in for 20-30 minutes on Thursdays to plan and lead an activity with our group.

Who do I contact?

Bronwen Zilmer- Program Coordinator



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