The Glenner Memory Care Centers are a San Diego based non-profit that has been serving families that are grappling with the harsh realities of memory loss for more than 30 years. Founded in 1982, Glenner Centers provide specialized adult day programs and extensive family resources – including weekly caregiver support groups – that attempt to aid both individuals suffering from memory loss as well as their families. By providing support not only for patients but also for their families and caregivers the Glenner Centers attempt to provide aid in a way that encompasses everyone afflicted and affected by the scourge of a memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke-related dementia and many other forms of memory loss.
The Glenner Centers operate only in San Diego and maintain the highest staff-patient ratio in the country, in order to ensure that patients and their families receive all the help that they need and deserve. By providing specialized adult day programs that include current events, physical fitness and various other therapies – including art, music and dance therapy – the Centers ensure that patients are stimulated not only in mind but also in body.
Another major aspect of the Glenner Centers is family and caregiver outreach. The Center assists families and caregivers by offering them a respite from the challenges of caring for an individual with dementia and other memory impairment illnesses. The Centers also provide weekly caregiver support groups that are open to the public, and has nurses and social workers on staff that have extensive training in dealing with memory loss and all that it entails.
The Glenner Centers attempt to provide all of these services in a family-like atmosphere. The Centers provide a safe, structured, stimulating and social place for a family’s loved ones to attend, while the family or caregiver deals with what often becomes the increasingly difficult task of caring for an individual with dementia at home. Support becomes an increasingly important element of this care as an individual’s condition grows more serious. The Glenner Centers are there to provide that support.
One important aspect of this support is the wealth of free caregiver education programs that The Glenner Centers provide in conjunction with their partners throughout the county. Knowledge is power, and The Centers have made it their mission to arm families and caregivers with all of the knowledge that they will need to face the challenges of coping with memory loss and dementia.
The Glenner Centers are a non-profit and they put the overwhelming majority of their resources back into the centers and their associated families. They would appreciate any help spreading the word about the work they do at The Glenner Centers and are especially hoping to raise their profile among family caregivers so that they can continue to help as many people as possible.
So share the good work of The Glenner Centers with everyone you can, or even consider helping directly so that they might continue to do the noble work that they’ve been doing for nearly 32 years.