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Early-stage program

The Abe's Garden® model provides an evidence-based, continuum of care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Abe’s Garden® Community Group (AGCG) is Middle Tennessee’s first day program benefiting people with early-stage dementia. AGCG builds on the success of the organization’s residential and day programs, where person-centered, failure-free engagement plays a prominent role.

AGCG provides members a variety of engagement opportunities in a small group environment. Offerings are based on members’ interests, and may include music therapy, photography classes, songwriting, Tai Chi, and yoga. Additionally, members receive emotional support and build relationships with individuals in similar situations.

Two sessions are available: Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Wednesdays and Fridays. Both sessions meet 10:00am to 2:00pm at Park Manor.

As with all best practices Abe’s Garden® adopts, AGCG’s evolution is guided by outcome data, new findings, and program participants’ needs and interests.

Memberships are currently available, and are subject to initial assessments confirming program suitability, with assessments recurring every six months throughout membership.

For additional information or an application, please contact Judy Given at 615-716-0249 or jgiven@abesgarden.org.

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This FAQ covers what caregivers should do after a loved one's diagnosis during early stages of dementia.

Ryan, son of a member of The Club
“[We are so] happy with the Independence Plus caregivers and service. It has truly been a lifesaver and game-changer.”
Barry Fogle, son of a resident
“Abe’s Garden® gave [my mother] new gifts, activities, the sound of music and other people. If she wanted it, Abe’s gave her history classes, news, gardening, cooking, arts and more. Most of all, Abe’s gave her love.”
Ed Gore, AGCG participant
“It’s a relief to find a group of people that I can really associate with. I’m building friendships here, which I really appreciate.”