New Connections continues to lead in Alzheimer’s therapy, plans expansion with AGE


Austin,Texas—New Connections, an early intervention program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, joined the 25-year-old senior service organization Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE). Together, the agencies plan to bring innovative services to helpCentral Texas families coping with Alzheimer’s disease.


 New Connections offers information, activities, and support for people experiencing memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. By focusing on brain-fitness and cognitive stimulation, the program follows evidence-based methods shown to maintain brain function and prevent memory-loss. The pioneering program is the only one of its kind in the community and joins AGE’s programs that provide support for families caring for older adults, including Elderhaven Adult Day Health Centers, the Health Equipment Lending Program, and the Caregiver Resource Center. Both AGE and New Connections are funded by the St. David’s Foundation, who helped make the collaboration possible.


Debbie Wilder, New Connections founder, many opportunities in the collaboration. “This partnership will allow New Connections to grow and expand with the ability to serve more people with early memory loss” says Wilder, “AGE has a proven track record in Austin for meeting the needs of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and similar dementias.”


There are an estimated 5.3 million Americans who are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, and for patients in the early stages of the disease, there is a shortage of services. Further, health insurance benefits may not cover intervention programs for early-memory loss patients or support services for their families. New Connections is a free resource for families and is considered an essential resource by local physicians.


St. David’s Foundation invests in a healthy community through funding, hard work, and initiatives to better care for the under served and uninsured. As a joint owner of St. David’s Health Care, the Foundation achieves its goals by investing the proceeds from the hospitals back in the Central Texas community. From its beginning in 1924, St. David’s HealthCare has now grown to include six hospitals, four surgery centers, and four urgent care clinics reaching from Georgetown to Kyle. To learn more visit:


AGE (Austin Groups for the Elderly) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been serving Austin’s elderly, their families, and caregivers since 1986.  Our programs include the Health Equipment Lending Program, ElderhavenAdultDayHealthCentersof Central Texas, The CaregiversResourceCenter, New Connections, AustinComputerLearningCenter, and the HistoricAGEBuilding. Visit our website at


Choosing to learn slows Alzheimer’s

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 14 (UPI) — Attending lectures, reading, doing word games and working mental puzzles may help slow Alzheimer’s disease, U.S. researchers say.

Researchers at Brandeis University
, in Waltham, Mass., say doing these activities may provide the protection from memory decline and dementia associated with having a college degree.

“The lifelong benefits of higher education for memory in later life are quite impressive, but we do not clearly understand how and why these effects last so long,” lead author Margie Lachman said in a statement.

“Among individuals with low education, those who engaged in reading, writing, attending lectures, doing word games or puzzles once or week or more had memory scores similar to people with more education.”