Silver Club Memory Programs
“Together, we make every moment matter.”
Since 1998, Silver Club Programs have been providing meaningful, adult focused and engaging activities for families in our community living with dementia. We have experienced many wonderful moments together – enjoying life, sharing memories, and having fun. We provide a safe, nurturing environment for older adults with memory loss or other cognitive changes. In addition, Silver Club Programs are a place to make friends and enjoy discussions and innovative activities, tailored to different needs.
Mild Memory Loss Programs
Several programs are designed for individuals who are experiencing mild memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The activities offered in these programs range from education, support and reminiscence to playing fun but challenging cognitive games. Each of the early stage programs offers members an opportunity to keep their minds active. Mind stimulation occurs through talking and learning with peers, playing cognitive games, discussing topical issues, enjoying cultural outings or learning about memory loss and coping strategies. All early stage programs are held at Turner Senior Resource Center.
Moderate Memory Loss – Silver Club Enrichment Program
The Silver Club day enrichment program is for older adults with moderate memory loss. On a typical day, members enjoy a structured day of programming that includes social time, exercise, discussion and activities. At the Silver Club, members are actively involved in gardening, cooking, art, photography, service projects and other stimulating activities to help counter boredom and isolation. Silver Club meets Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Staff and volunteers join with members to create a community where people with memory loss can make friends, share joys and fears, and participate in fun and meaningful activities.
- Silver Club offers families educational and social opportunities as well as time to take a break while their relatives are at Silver Club.
- Students from many University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University departments bring an intergenerational flavor and many wonderful projects to Silver Club Programs. In recent years, art students from U-M have designed interesting collaborative art experiences for Silver Club members. Many undergraduate Health Science Scholars students visit once and then return as faithful volunteers. Social work interns from both universities participate in activities, lead groups, and visit one-on-one with our members.
- Professionally trained staff members come from a variety of backgrounds including social work, fine arts, music and recreation therapy.
- Cost is based on ability to pay.
- Volunteer Opportunities
Douglas Dault, LMSW, Director, Silver Club Programs
2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The U-M Geriatrics Center, University of Michigan Hospital & Health Systems
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Area Agency on Aging 1-B*
Brookdale National Group Respite Program
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Friends of the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center
MI Choice/Medicaid Waiver Program (through Area Agency on Aging 1-B)
Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
*Silver Club is funded in part by the Federal Older Americans Act and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging through the Area on Aging 1-B.
Make a Donation
Social Work and Community Programs are proud to be part of the Geriatrics Center at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, which provides substantial support. Yet to cover the full cost of these community services, we rely on gifts, donations, grants, and contracts. To help us continue the important work we do with older adults in our community and to make a gift to any of the Social Work and Community Programs, please click here.