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Abe's story

The seeds of Abe’s Garden® were planted when founder Michael Shmerling’s father, Abram C. “Abe” 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 other 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.

Throughout Abe’s battle with Alzheimer’s, the idea for Abe’s Garden® began to take root. The dramatic need for a 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 disease, the only viable recourse today is to improve the quality of life for those with the disease, their families, and professional caregivers through a residential community, day program, and community-based services 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.

Abe’s Garden® is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which is the only way Abe would have desired the organization to operate.

James E. Shmerling Family"We lost our dad, grandmother and aunt to Alzheimer's disease … With no approved treatments or cures for those affected, our goal is for Abe's Garden® to be a catalyst for change."

– James E. Shmerling

Watch this brief video to see the campus and learn more about the Abe’s Garden® model.

Board of Directors member Paula Lovell
“The individuals guiding the initiative to bring Abe’s Garden® to life have surrounded themselves with knowledgeable professionals and committed community leaders.”
Board of Directors member Bill Purcell
“I just hope that they’ll be a time when every son or daughter can know that their parents have a place like that when they need it.”
Music Advisory Council member Kim Campbell
“At Abe’s Garden®, our family joined a memory care community. That’s the way I think of it and that’s the way it felt.”