Programs provided by the Center and its partners for those individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as their care partners, play a crucial role in providing socialization, respite opportunities, structured activities, therapeutic interventions, education, and support. By addressing the multifaceted needs of those affected by these conditions, these programs contribute to improving the overall quality of life, promoting well-being, and reducing the burden of caregiving while building a true sense of community.
Below is a list of programs that the Center offers with its partners:
In partnership with the Giving Voice Foundation, Creative Connections is a group that meets weekly for ten weeks. Caregivers get together in one room as part of a support group. The people living with dementia meet in another room with art, music, and movement instructors – for example, a yoga teacher, physical therapist, or someone else who helps them move safely with the idea of connecting through creativity. Sessions are held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park and St. Clare Convent in Wyoming. For more information on specific times and dates, please visit the Giving Voice Foundation website.
The Dancing to Remember program is a collaboration of the Center for Memory Support & Inclusion, Giving Voice Foundation, and A-Marika Dance Company. People living with any stage of dementia and their care partners are offered the opportunity to dance away the stress of life. Participants meet weekly for four weeks. If you know someone in Greater Cincinnati who could benefit from this free program, please share this flier with them. Read about how the program got its start in 2022.
Music in Motion is a joint program with Giving Voice Foundation and the Cincinnati Opera to engage local older adults living with dementia alongside their care partners for a creative opportunity to build connection. Participants enjoy singing with their friends while experiencing the freedom of expressing themselves musically in a pressure-free way.
Nurturing the Mind programs are comfortable gatherings that allow people living with dementia and their care partners to socialize and engage in activities in a safe, welcoming environment. The power of plants connects us and helps us maintain healthy, thriving lives. Join the Civic Garden Center to explore new worlds of plants while you relate to the familiarity of the sighs and sounds of a beautiful historic garden. Each session will include a slide show of local plants, a short lecture on international plant habitats and cultural agricultural practices, followed by an interactive hands-on horticultural activity. Please join us at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.
In partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center(CAC), Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), and Taft Museum of Art, With Art In Mind is a program that consists of tours and creative activities specially designed for older adults with early-stage dementia and their care partners. This program provides participants the opportunity to explore art in a way that increases their self-esteem and nourishes their relationships with their care partners and friends. Twelve times throughout the year, programming is offered free and open to the public. With Art in Mind programs are a comfortable gathering that allow people living with dementia and their care partners to socialize and engage in activities in a safe, welcoming environment. Please join us for a gallery tour and art time. Link to postcard with info?
In partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo, please join us for tours of our world-famous zoo and botanical garden.
Memory Cafés offer engaging activities for people living with dementia and their care partners.
A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their care partners. Each month there is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy music, games, or other fun activities. Held at various Cincinnati and Hamilton County Libraries, visit their website for details on location, dates, and times.
Caregiver Support Groups – In partnership with the Episcopal Church of The Redeemer, meetings one to two Mondays each month. For more dates and times, please visit their website to view their calendar.
Caregivers and people living with dementia are part of a panel at the GRASP training so that officers can hear from those most impacted by the disease. In this photo from the most recent training, Shannon Braun, far right, poses with the group.
GRASP (Growing community awareness and partnership, Responder training, Accelerated notification using tracker technology, Support for individuals and families, and Program sustainability) is a program in partnership with Cincinnati Police that is funded by the Department of Justice. A grant was provided for training police officers regarding populations that wander including those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism. The grant also provides free and safe tracking devices are available to Cincinnati families with a loved one who has Alzheimer's, dementia, or autism. Anyone living in Hamilton, Butler or Warren County can take advantage of the program. For more information contact the GRASP program coordinator, Debbie Serls, at 513-516-2582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.