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Early-stage dementia program

Abe’s Garden Community Group (AGCG) is an onsite small group program providing socialization, engagement activities, and support for those in the earliest stages of dementia.

AGCG was developed to address the unmet needs of individuals at the start of their dementia journey. AGCG provides an opportunity for those who are aware of their diagnosis to be in a supportive, engaging, small group setting with others in the easiest stages of dementia. Together, group members experience invaluable moments while sharing stories from their past and present; navigating the emotions, questions and challenges that come with their diagnosis; learning new things; enjoying body and brain health-focused activities; bonding; and having fun!

Discussions and activities are guided by the members’ life stories, capabilities, and interests.

Activities may include:

  • Outings to local attractions
  • Music therapy
  • Photography
  • Peer-led educational sessions
  • Reminiscence discussions
  • Songwriting
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • and more!

AGCG participants meet twice a week from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Monthly fee, payable in advance.

Transportation may be scheduled, dependent on availability. Fee applies.

Potential members are assessed for program suitability. Ideal candidates are aware of their diagnoses and understand the benefits of participating in a group of individuals with similar diagnoses. Members should be ambulatory and able to manage their personal care needs. Reassessment occurs every six months or following a change of status.

A limited number of subsidized memberships, made possible by Abe’s Garden Access to Care Fund, are available. Details regarding financial assistance eligibility are available upon request.

For additional information or an application, please contact Judy Given at 615-733-2682 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.”