Community-Based Programs
For Those Living With Dementia

We understand that memory and other changes related to dementia can impact social connections and isolation. That’s why we offer a safe and welcoming community environment for those living with memory loss to engage in cognitive, physical, social, and emotional experiences.

Our community-based programs, Memory Connections, Memory Reflections, and Club Gabriel, are part of a unique continuum of care offered at St. Paul Elder Services called Passages.

No matter where a person is on their memory loss journey, we have a place for them.
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Memory Connections

Memory Connections is a truly unique social program specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Through activities like self-reflection and journaling, we encourage our participants to feel comfortable discussing the changes they are experiencing.  Research shows that maintaining physical health is important to support cognitive function. Participants set monthly fitness goals for themselves to help them stay healthy and engaged. We also focus on other key components of brain health including balanced nutrition, cognitive engagement – including learning new skills, and connecting socially.

Join us every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a day filled with fun and stimulating brain enhancement activities that are specially designed to meet the abilities and interests of our participants. A lunch is provided as part of the program.

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Memory Reflections

Memory Reflections is designed for those individuals whose memory loss is advancing beyond early stages. Our program provides purposeful and engaging activities such as creative arts, exercise and gardening, providing a rich and immersive experience that’s based on each person's unique abilities.

Our program focuses on the concept that meaningful engagement and a sense of purpose are critical factors in supporting individuals with memory loss. Our goal is to help our participants maintain their independence for as long as possible while also enhancing the quality of their lives.

Memory Reflections meets Wednesdays & Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Club Gabriel

Club Gabriel is a carefully designed program specifically tailored to meet the cognitive and social needs of individuals 55 years of age or older with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. It is the only state-certified adult day program in the Fox Valley. We offer small group exercises based on life stories, hobbies, and interests, providing a supportive and challenging environment to help retain cognitive skills and abilities.

We know that navigating memory loss also greatly affects family members and caregivers. Club Gabriel offers respite, allowing the opportunity for caregivers to work, run errands, or simply take some time to themselves while we provide expert care and attention to their loved one.

Club Gabriel is offered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and offers a wide range of specialized services, including bathing, beautician services, foot and nail clinics and transportation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Determining which program is best suited for your loved one depends on their individual needs and progression of the disease. We conduct assessments to evaluate their cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities to ensure they are placed in the appropriate program.

While most individuals who attend our program have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it is important to note that there is no "right" time to begin participating in a Passages program.

The decision to attend our program should ultimately be made by the individual experiencing memory loss, as they must be ready and willing to participate in the activities we offer. However, we also understand that caregivers and family members may need respite care, and therefore may encourage their loved one to attend our program. In these cases, we work closely with family members to ensure that the individual feels comfortable and supported in their decision to attend.

Yes, there is a cost associated with our community-based Passages programs, including Memory Connections, Memory Reflections, and Club Gabriel. The cost of our Passages programs reflects the amount of care and support we provide. Our experienced facilitators use evidence-based programming that is continually updated and refined to ensure our participants receive the highest level of care and support.

Passages programs at St. Paul Elder Services are led by a team of highly qualified and trained professionals with extensive experience in memory care. Our team of experts includes licensed therapists, nursing staff, and trained caregivers who work collaboratively to offer evidence-based programming that is tailored to the needs of each individual participant.

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To learn more about our programs, understand the cost to participate or schedule a pre-participation assessment, please give us a call.

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