Silver Club Memory Programs

Silver Club Memory Programs was established in 1998 and is one of the Community Programs at Michigan Medicine’s Turner Geriatrics Center. All programming is provided at the Turner Senior Resource Center.

Silver Club promises a safe, stimulating environment for older adults with mild to moderate memory loss to participate in activities (music, art, fitness and more!), share stories, and have fun. The Silver Club’s unique approach offers caregivers the opportunity to recharge while their loved one enjoys participating in music programs, creating art, socializing with friends, and engaging in other stimulating activities.

  • 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.   
  • Professionally trained staff members come from a variety of backgrounds including social work, fine arts, music, and recreation therapy. 
  • Participants do not need to be a Michigan Medicine patient.
  • Cost is based on ability to pay.

Our Memory Programs 

Mild Memory Loss

The activities offered in these programs range from education about living well with memory loss, learning coping strategies, topical discussions and exploring the expressive arts. Each of the mild memory loss programs provides members with an opportunity to meet with others and keep their mind and body active.

Mind Works

Turner Senior Resource Center, Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm

This weekly educational group provides a safe, positive, strength-based environment which allows participants to learn, share, and engage together. Based on camaraderie, mental exercise, memory techniques, humor, and community engagement, this weekly group hopes to meet the unique needs of individuals who are newly diagnosed with cognitive change.

Elderberry Club

Turner Senior Resource Center, Tuesdays 10:30am-3:00pm

The first of its kind in Michigan, designed exclusively for women with memory loss! This is a group of women living with memory loss who come together each week for support, discussion, friendship, creative expression and education. The Elderberry Club is as lively and warm as the women involved. Since the programs’ inception in 2011, the group members have had two art shows, published collective poetry, and were featured on a UM-podcast series for their work. They want to be heard and uplift other women who may be isolated and living with memory loss.

For more information about the Mild Memory Loss Programs, please call (734) 998-9352 or email GerMedSilverClub@med.umich.edu

Moderate Memory Loss

Silver Club Day Enrichment Program

Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm (includes lunch)

Silver Club day enrichment program is for individuals with moderate memory loss. It is a structured, activity based program that meets daily from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Staff, volunteers, and students strive to ensure that Silver Club members have fun, make friends, and feel part of a community. We understand that many people with dementia no longer feel useful; part of our mission is to help people feel that they can still take part in meaningful activities and succeed. We spend time learning about members’ areas of strength and the areas where they need additional support. Activities include daily fitness, family style lunch, music, gardening, cooking, small discussion groups, art and craft projects, photography, adapted card games, and visits from community performers.

For more information about Moderate Memory Loss programs, please call (734) 998-9352 or email GerMedSilverClub@med.umich.edu

Steps to Become a Member 

  • Complete the Silver Club Intake Form Intake Form - available as a pdf  or  Word doc. This 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.
    • 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. You can also take a virtual tour.
  • Return the Intake Form to Silver Club in one of three ways:
    • Mail/Drop Off: 2401 Plymouth Rd Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    • Email: germedsilverclub@umich.edu
    • Fax: (734) 993-9340  - if faxing, please call (734) 998-9352 tp confirm that it was received.
  • 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. 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.

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-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 (Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm) 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.

Contact Information

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

*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.

Phone:  (734) 998-9352
Fax:  (734) 993-9340
Email:  GerMedSilverClub@umich.edu

Shannon Etcheverry, LMSW
Director, Silver Club Programs

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A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors and Community Partners

  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundaiton
  • Area Agency on Aging 1-B*
  • Big Hearts for Seniors
  • Brookdale National Group Respite Program
  • Irwin J. Goldstein Memorial Fund to support Silver Club's art program
  • Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • Michigan Choice/Medicaid Waiver Program (through Area Agency on Aging 1-B*)
  • Oscar Reimold Fund
  • University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, Michigan Medicine
  • 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