115 Woodmont Blvd. • Nashville, TN 37205 • 615-997-3030

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Our Founder's Story

Sowing the Seeds

The seeds of Abe’s Garden were planted when founder Michael Shmerling’s father, Abram “Abe” C. Shmerling, M.D., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Dealing with the disease firsthand, Michael witnessed the limited availability of quality services and care dedicated to a rapidly growing population of elderly adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Michael’s passion for establishing an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence grew daily as the family watched – virtually helpless – as their father suffered for more than 11 years, finally succumbing to the disease in November of 2006.

Taking Root

Throughout Abe’s battle with Alzheimer’s, the idea for Abe’s Garden began to take root. The dramatic need for a respite and residential community whose heart and soul would be centered on caring for those sharing the same fate as Abe became clearer with each passing day.

Mindful that there are no proven treatments or cures for Alzheimer's or dementia, the only viable recourse today is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from the disease and their families through a residential community and day care program designed specifically for that purpose. 

There is tremendous growth in the numbers of those living with Alzheimer's disease. This, coupled with the future statistics predicated on longer life expectancies, create an imminent need.

Watch Us Grow

The goal for Abe’s Garden, in addition to providing unparalleled respite care and residential living for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, is to become a center of knowledge for individuals with the disease. Abe’s Garden also seeks to improve the lives of affected families, and professional care partners. Abe’s Garden is a not-for-profit enterprise, which is the only way Abe would have desired the organization to operate.