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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis
By Barbara King, Outreach Liaison to Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Memphis

The mission of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, a 2018 GSL grantee, is to help persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders live their lives with dignity and respect while providing relief to their caregivers and support to their families. In a time of rising health care costs, ADS’ goal is to provide caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or related dementia’s with more affordable relief from around-the-clock care as well as to provide education, encouragement, and support.

ADS is one of the first in the nation to offer an adult day program to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and certainly the first in the Mid-South. Since its inception in 1983, it has been considered a model program both locally and throughout the nation. Those who attend ADS are known as our “Friends.” Our program provides 20-25 therapeutic activities throughout the day that exercise cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, as well as socialization and communication opportunities.

“Grace St. Luke’s has been a vital supporter of the work ADS does for the Memphis community. ADS is very grateful for the relationship that has been built for over eight years,” said Ruthann Shelton, Executive Director.

In Shelby County, there are 30,000 estimated cases of Alzheimer’s and this number is projected to grow to 73,000 cases by mid-century (2050). Yet, there are only two freestanding, adult day programs currently in Shelby County that provide day services exclusively for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In addition to our Art and Music Therapy programs at both centers, ADS has expanded its therapeutic programs to include Tai Chi, Spanish Conversation, and coming soon, “Music & Memories.” In 2017, ADS purchased a property at 448 N. Watkins, across from the Crosstown Concourse in Midtown. ADS demolished the building in January 2018 and will rebuild a third center on the property with an estimated open date in 2019. The new center, to be named later, will be able to help up to 50 “Friends” Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For additional information about how to volunteer with ADS contact Judy Davis at jedavis [at] adsmemphis [dot] org or 901-372-4585.

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