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Support Groups:

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Barton House Memory Care
6961 US 70S (Bellevue, 37221)
615.354.7103 or 615.708.1946
Respite care provided, call 615.673.6922
Third Thursday, 6 pm

Belle Meade United Methodist
121 Davidson Road (Belle Meade, 37205)
615.352.6210
Second Wednesday, 7 pm

Bellevue YMCA
8101 Hwy. 100 (Bellevue, 37221)
615.403.5067
Every other month
Second Tuesday, 1 pm

Belmont Village Assisted Living
4206 Stammer Place (Green Hills, 37215)
615.595.8929
For younger-onset caregivers; lunch provided
Second Tuesday, 12 pm

Brentwood United Methodist Church 
309 Franklin Road, Room A389 (Brentwood, 37027)
615.970.8393
Second Tuesdays, 7 pm

Calvary United Methodist Church
3701 Hillsboro Road (Nashville, 37215)
615.804.0385
For Frontotemporal Dementia caregivers
Second Monday, 7 pm

Charter Senior Living of Hermitage
4131 Andrew Jackson Parkway (Hermitage, 37076)
615.415.3562 or 615.885.9989
Second Thursday, 6 pm

Elmcroft of Brentwood
5436 Edmondson Pike (Nashville, 37211)
615.837.8006 or 615.405.7244
First Monday, 6 pm

Elmcroft of Lebanon
801 W. Main Street (Lebanon, 37087)
615.444.7016
Fourth Thursday, 6 pm

Greater Nashville Regional Council AAAD 
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church (Nashville, 37209)
2416 Clifton Road
615.862.8829
Third Monday of March-November, 6 pm

Harpeth Hills Church of Christ
1949 Old Hickory Boulevard (Brentwood, 37027)
615.294.1642
Second Thursday, 6:30 pm

Highland Park Church
5710 Knob Road (Nashville, 37209)
615.352.5710
First Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Lebanon Senior Center
670 Coles ferry Pike (Lebanon, 37087)
615.449.4600 or 615.693.0240
First Tuesday, 9 am

Mary Queen of Angels Assisted Living
34 White Bridge Road (Nashville, 37205)
615.353.6581
Third Tuesday, 12 pm

Maybelle Carter Community
208 West Due West Avenue (Madison, 37115)
615.868.2290
Third Tuesday, 6 pm

McKendree Village
4347 Lebanon Road (Hermitage, 37076)
615.871.8239
Third Monday, 10:30 am

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee 
446 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-224 (Nashville, 37211)
615.519.5399
Third Tuesday, 10:30 am- 12 pm

Morning Pointe of Brentwood
1522 Wilson Pike (Brentwood, 37027)
615.285.3455
First Friday, 11 am

Morning Pointe of Franklin
1005 Generations Way (Franklin, 37064)
615.614.8555
Second Friday, 11 am

NHC Place at Cool Springs
211 Cool Springs Boulevard (Franklin, 37067)
615.778.6831
Fourth Thursday, 12 pm

Riverside Chapel
800 Youngs Lane (Bordeaux, 37207)
615.226.3431
Third Monday, 5:30 pm

The Hearth at Franklin
1035 Fulton Greer Lane (Franklin, 37064)
615.591.3003
Second and fourth Tuesday, 10 am

The Lodge at Natchez Trace
8207 Highway 100 (Bellevue, 37221)
615.646.3334
Fourth Tuesday, 10 am

Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center
1207 17th Avenue South, Suite 200 (Nashville, 37212)
615.343.8462
For those in early stages of Alzheimer’s
Third Tuesday, 5:30 pm

Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center
1207 17th Avenue South, Suite 200 (Nashville, 37212)
615.875.3177
Third Tuesday, 5:30 pm

Willow Springs
1040 Campbell Station Parkway (Spring Hill, 37174)
615.302.1310
Fourth Tuesday, 3 pm

Preparation tips prior to diagnosis appointment

It helps to be prepared for the neurologist appointment and have realistic expectations. Some things you can do to be prepared include:

Keep a journal of changes you and others have noted. Be prepared to give the doctor some examples of worrisome, challenging, or problematic behaviors that have been observed. As your loved one is likely to be present for this meeting, be sensitive in your communication so it won’t appear that you are giving a listing of all their faults. You may want to leave some notes if the list is extensive.

Bring in a list of medication s/he is on, and information on the method of delivery, (i.e. independent, pill box, reminders from a caregiver, etc). It will help to check up on the compliance and accuracy of medication usage, if possible.

Bring a list of questions you and your loved one may have. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget important questions you wanted to ask.

Beverly Patnaik, Abe’s Garden Director of Staff Training and Community Education
“Communication is all about continuing relationships. It doesn’t change if you have a memory impairment. We still have to communicate. If they are sitting, get down to their eye level. Hold their hand. Give maximum information and expect minimum responses.”
Will Hudson, Physical Therapist Assistant
“Exercise is important for people with dementia because they are at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and exercise lowers those risks. If they can no longer walk, the exercises we recommend are sitting exercises of marching, kicking straight out or side to side, ankle pumps, and reaching at different angles.”
Kim Campbell, wife of the late legendary musician and Abe’s Garden resident, Glen Campbell
“The doctors say music activates all the regions of your brain at once, so with everything firing, it’s very stimulating for people who have dementia and helps them maintain their function.”