Silver Club Memory Programs

"Together, we make every moment matter."  

Since 1998, Silver Club Programs have been providing a safe and stimulating environment for individuals with memory loss/dementia. Silver Club offers caregivers the opportunity to recharge while their loved one enjoys a variety of engaging activities.

Memory loss is not a death sentence, and the atmosphere at Silver Club is lively, warm and social. This is a place to make friends and enjoy discussions, play fun cognitive games, create art and music (click here to see members' art), and other innovative activities, tailored to different needs. We strive to improve the memory, motivation, mood and overall well-being of our members.

November Activity Calendar

COVID-19 UPDATES

Silver Club re-opened to in person programming in August, however due to a rise in Covid-19 cases we are closed until at least mid-December. We are providing virtual activities and are accepting new members! Please call (734) 998-9352 or email smguida@umich.edu.

Programs and Benefits of Silver Club

Programs

Mild Memory Loss Programs
Several programs are specifically designed for individuals experiencing mild memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Click to read more.

Moderate Memory Loss – Silver Club Enrichment Program
We offer the Silver Club day enrichment program for older adults with moderate memory loss, where members enjoy a structured day of activities. Click to read more.

Virtual Activities
In addition to our in person programming, we provide virtual musical sing alongs Wednesdays 4pm-5pm. Please call us for more information.

Benefits of Silver Club

MADSA Adult Day Fact Sheet.pdf

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 exist.

FAQs

  • What are the eligibility criteria? Members must have received a diagnosis of dementia/memory loss by a physician. During the free visit safety issues such as mobility, wandering and aggression are also assessed. Members must demonstrate semi-independence in areas of feeding and using the restroom.
  • Does the member have to be a U of M patient to attend? No, all members of the community meeting program requirements are welcome
  • Is a physician’s referral required? No. Although many physicians recommend our program, a doctor’s referral is not necessary.
  • How often do members attend? Members of the Adult Day Enrichment program attend between 1-5 days/week (Mon-Fri 10am-3pm) depending on individual need. Members sign up by day of the week. Each of our mild memory loss programs meet once a week.
  • What is the staff to member ratio? 4:1 (For every four members there is one staff member or volunteer).
  • What are the educational backgrounds of Silver Club staff?All hold bachelor’s degree or higher in a range of disciplines including social work, recreational therapy, music therapy and art.
  • Do I have to commit to membership for a certain period of time? No. At any time you can discontinue membership at Silver Club.
  • What is the cost? Services are provided on a sliding scale and are based on the family’s ability to pay. Silver Club partners with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Veterans Affairs to offer reduced rates for those in need.

Become a Member of Silver Club

Steps:

  • If you would like to come for an in person tour (15 minutes) with a staff person prior to filling out the intake form, you can call 734-998-9352 or email germedsilverclub@umich.edu(link sends e-mail). You can also take a virtual tour.
  • Complete Silver Club’s Intake FormThis provides important information regarding the potential member’s medical history, emergency contact information, likes/dislikes etc. This also facilitates more meaningful social engagement with your loved one.

                How to return it to Silver Club:

                Mail/Drop Off: 2401 Plymouth Rd Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

                Email: germedsilverclub@umich.edu

                Fax: 734-993-9340 (if faxing- please call so we can confirm that it was received- 734-998-9352)

  • Once the Intake form has been received/reviewed, the Director (Shannon Etcheverry) will contact you to clarify information as needed and set up a free visit.

Silver Club Free Visit

The purpose of the free visit is to determine if Silver Club is a good fit for you/your loved one, as well as for Silver Club staff. Expect the free visit to last approximately 1 hr- 1 ½ hrs. During this visit, your loved one will get an opportunity to meet the staff, other members, and engage in one of our activities. The Director will meet with you privately to discuss specifics of the program, fill out additional paperwork and offer resources.

Sponsors and Community Partners

  • 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
  • Rizlov Foundation
  • Veterans Affairs

*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.

Contact Us - Address and Directions

We are located at the Turner Resource Center:
2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone:  (734) 998-9352
Fax:  (734) 993-9340

GerMedSilverClub@umich.edu

Shannon Etcheverry, LMSW
Director, Silver Club Programs

Silver Club is located in the Turner Senior Resource Center 2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite C, Ann Arbor 48105. We are between Key Bank and the Islamic Center, in a 1 story building. Parking is available on the west side of the building. Please look for signs/the door that say ‘Silver Club’. Our door is on the west side of the building, closest to Plymouth road.

Make a Donation

To make a donation, click here

Hear What Family Members Are Saying

“At a time when my mom was feeling really down, and not feeling useful and struggling with her dementia, Silver Club gave her a sense of purpose. It gave her something to focus on that she enjoyed. Silver Club helps people with dementia with a sense of worth and dignity. It wasn’t just support for mom, it was support for all of us (as a family)” – Son of former Silver Club Day Enrichment Member

 

"From a caregiver’s perspective, Silver Club offers much more than respite. The staff gave me comfort and smiles when I needed it most. They provided information about community resources and feedback on my husband's interactions while attending the program. I felt tranquil knowing that Tom was well cared for and safe. Silver Club is a wonderful program and I am continually grateful for all they have done for our family.” – Wife of former Coffeehouse and Adult Day Enrichment Member

“A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in getting Silver Club safely open again (after closure to in person programming due to COVID). From the minute I walked into the building I could see some of the preparation. But I was even more impressed when I saw how the group room was organized! Clearly the result of much thoughtful planning, organizing, and caring. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you!”- Wife of Adult Day Enrichment Member

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