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Abe’s Garden Club

A Memory Support Day Program in Nashville

Abe’s Garden Club is an on-site day program for individuals in early to mid stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia who are living at home and may benefit from the exceptional personalized care and world-class memory care engagement activities offered to those who live in our Memory Support Center of Excellence.

Who Benefits?

People Living with Memory Loss

For those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Abe’s Garden Club provides an opportunity to be social and to participate in activities such as music and exercise programs. While coming to a regular day program is often at first an adjustment for the person with dementia, our members quickly adapt and end up looking forward to coming. They enjoy meeting new people, creating new bonds, eating healthy (and delicious) meals, and participating in fun and meaningful activities.

Family Caregivers

Abe’s Garden Club offers full-time caregivers a much-needed break. While their loved ones are at our program, caregivers have time to rest, run errands, or finish other tasks. For caregivers who work during the day, Abe’s Garden Club is a helpful solution in balancing a job with caregiving duties.

I’m Still Here® Approach

We incorporate Hearthstone Institute’s exclusive I’m Still Here® approach into Abe’s Garden Club programming. It’s the same approach and philosophy we incorporate into the daily lives of residents living full time in our Memory Support Center of Excellence. I’m Still Here® is a life-changing approach to Alzheimer’s care and memory support that links purposeful engagement with enhanced quality of life. With I’m Still Here®, our team gains a deep understanding of each member’s personal story, strengths and preferences to create uplifting experiences.

We encourage member-led activities and build our engagement based on what members want to do each day. On any given day, members of Abe’s Garden Club enjoy a variety of purposeful, fun engagement programming. Some of our members’ favorite activities include:

  • Creating art inspired by other cultures
  • Sing-alongs to reminiscent songs
  • Exercising on a recumbent elliptical machine
  • Baking cookies
  • Harvesting vegetables from our beautiful, secure courtyard
  • Flower arranging
  • Drum circles
  • Writing greeting cards
  • Playing with our resident cat, Sylvester

Our Team

Our team receives special dementia-care training, so they fully understand the behaviors common with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, including wandering, incontinence, hallucinations and speech difficulties.

Program Details

Weekdays | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monthly membership includes:

  • Three days of programming each week
  • Daily lunch and snacks
  • Priority placement for residential care at Abe’s Garden Memory Support Center of Excellence
  • Transportation and supplementary hours or days may be scheduled, dependent on availability (additional fees apply)

As the disease progresses and around-the-clock support is needed, Abe’s Garden Community also has a world-renowned residential community, Abe’s Garden Memory Support Center of Excellence.

For information on participation, contact Judy Given at 615.733.2682 or jgiven@abesgarden.org, or download a pdf of our Abe’s Garden Club brochure.

Testimonials

“We’re so happy with the caregivers and service. It has truly been a lifesaver and game changer.”

– Ryan, Son of a Member of Abe’s Garden Club

Testimonials

“Although my husband has never been able to remember what he did that day, by the time he gets in the car, he always says he has had a good day when I pick him up from the Club. Having him happy always makes my day! How blessed we are in Nashville to have Abe’s Garden Community to entrust our loved ones to.”

– Betty Jane, Abe’s Garden Club Participant’s Wife

Testimonials

“The music instruction piece is very well done, and I commend Abe’s Garden Community for creating it. I am also grateful for the incredible opportunities that my husband has every weekday at the community.”

 Abe’s Garden Club Participant’s Wife