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The Brookdale Foundation Group


Frank W. Burr Blvd

Suite 13

Teaneck, NJ









The National Group Respite Program


Since 1989, the Brookdale National Group Respite Program has awarded seed grants to organizations to develop and implement social model group respite programs. These day programs have served thousands of elders with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their family caregivers. In addition to group respite, the development of programs for people with Early Memory Loss (EML) is also supported through this grant initiative.

The goals of the program are:

Group Respite

In addition to providing respite care and enjoyable group activities that build on the strengths and abilities of participants the programs offer family caregivers access to services such as counseling, support groups, information and referral, training and education. With a nationwide network of programs providing regular respite services the Program demonstrates that a cost-effective, social model of adult day services can successfully address the special needs of Alzheimer's families.

Early Memory Loss

At present, there is a gap in supportive services available for people recently diagnosed with EML. This engaging, educational service model allows adults to be productive, involved members of the community and participate in programming that enhances independence. This EML program also provides the opportunity to learn practical skills in a non-threatening group setting with peers.

Memory enhancement and compensatory skill building are central elements in this consumer-directed social and educational program. Other components of this 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.

2023 Brookdale National Group Respite Program (BNGRP) Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals for Agencies Interested in Establishing or Expanding a Group Respite or Early Memory Loss (EML) Program for Elders with Dementia, Their Families and Care Partners

Seed Grants Are Available for the Expansion or Start-up of Group Respite or EML Programs:

In the fall of 2023, The Foundation will be awarding seed grants for the expansion or development of dementia-specific Group Respite programs or specialized programs for people with Early Memory Loss. The grants are $20,000 for the first year with an opportunity for a second-tier grant of $10,000. Any 501©(3) or equivalent not-for-profit service agency wishing to expand or start-up a new community-based day program for people with dementia, their families and care partners is invited to apply. Proposals are due on Thursday, July 6, 2023 at The Brookdale Foundation Group by email.


Application Process:

Download the Guidelines and the grant Application in MS Word and/or PDF file.
• If you choose to use the PDF application document:
• Download the latest version of Acrobat Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
• Open the application PDF in Acrobat Reader.
• In the right sidebar of Acrobat window, click on "Fill & Sign.”
• The toolbar above the document will have buttons to add text, numbers, checkmarks, X's, and circles to put around text.
• Save the application document as a new name to save changes

Click to Download:
Guidelines    Application (MS Word)     Application (PDF)


For more information contact our program coordinator, Carmen Mendieta at cm@brookdalefoundation.org


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