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National Group Respite Program

The 2024 Brookdale National Group Respite Program Request for Proposals has been released. Click Here for more information, including the RFP and guidelines.


Since 1989, the Brookdale National Group Respite Program (BNGRP) has awarded seed grants to organizations to develop and implement social model Group Respite programs. These day programs have served thousands of older adults with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias and their family caregivers. In addition to Group Respite, specialized programs for people with Early Memory Loss (EML) are also supported through this grant initiative.


The goals of the program are to:

  • Offer opportunities for persons with dementia to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting;

  • Maximize the cognitive and social capabilities of people with dementia; and 

  • Provide ongoing respite and support to families, caregivers, and care partners of individuals with dementia. 

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Early Memory Loss

The innovative Early Memory Loss (EML) program was established in response to a significant gap in supportive services available for people recently diagnosed with memory loss. This engaging, educational service model allows adults to be productive, involved members of the community and emphasizes programming that enhances independence.


EML programs also provide the opportunity to learn practical skills along with peers in a non-threatening group setting. Memory enhancement and compensatory skill building are central elements in this consumer-directed program. Other components of the EML program are group problem-solving, socialization, peer support, exercise, and camaraderie. This model has been replicated around the country in response to the growing population of people seeking both earlier diagnosis and resources to meet their unique needs.

Group Respite

The Group Respite model consists of enjoyable activities that build on the strengths and abilities of participants. The program also provides access to support groups, information and referral, counseling, training, and education for caregivers. With a nationwide network of programs providing quality respite services, the BNGRP demonstrates that this cost-effective, social model day program successfully addresses the special needs of people with dementia and family caregivers.

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