Memory Matters

Optimizing Brain Wellness … WITH YOU IN MIND

Hilton Head Island, SC   |  www.mymemorymatters.org

Mission

Memory Matters’ Mission is: “To be a center of excellence that provides memory care and proactive brain wellness education that instills a hopeful future.” Since its founding in 1997, Memory Matters has provided high-quality professional services that help adults diagnosed with cognitive impairment diseases to remain safely in their homes and communities through day program services and caregiver support. Memory Matters balances Brain Health Education with professional Memory Care Services. It is unique in the Lowcountry, and its expertise in brain health and memory care is unsurpassed. Proactive interventions are encouraged and promote a healthy lifestyle based on five simple interventions – consistent exercise, Mediterranean lifestyle, lifelong learning, staying connected and meditation.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mary C Doyle

Main address

P.O. Box 22330 117 William Hilton Hwy.

Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 USA

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Formerly known as

AR&R

ALZHEIMER RESPITE & RESOURCE

EIN

58-2291775

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Alzheimer's (G83)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The brain is our last medical frontier. It has long been a mystery, and it is masked in myths. We long believed – erroneously – the brain was set from birth and could not be healed when injured by trauma or a dementia. Now we know differently. A brain can repair itself through neurogenesis. This is attributed to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to generate and reorganize “synaptic connections,” especially when learning or following injury at any age. While we are far from a pharmaceutical solution for dementias, there are easy measures healthy adults can take. Leading physicians and researchers believe adopting tenets of the Mediterranean lifestyle can measurably improve brain function. For those who already have mild-to-moderate level memory impairment we offer a cadre of memory care programs. Families rely on our seasoned, compassionate care to sustain them through their journey. Our programming generates a positive environment to give each participant a “best brain day."

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dementia-specific adult daycare

A "failure-free" zone for those with Alzheimer's or any type of dementia in which their abilities, not their disabilities, are emphasized. This program offers music and art therapy, stimulating games, pet therapy, socialization, and hot meals--all delivered with dignity and compassion.

Population(s) Served

We offer several support groups that offer family caregivers a safe and confidential venue to share concerns and get powerful tools for their caregiver toolkits. We offer a mixed gender group, a male caregiver group, a support group for those caring for Young Onset Alzheimer's (65 years or younger), and a transitional bereavement group.

Population(s) Served

Optimize your brain with a 10-week class that focuses on maintaining brain health. With over 500 million synaptic connections, the brain is the most powerful machine in the world. This class teaches techniques to improve brain function and memory and how to focus on life style changes to keep healthy.

Population(s) Served

A cutting edge program for those recently diagnosed with memory problems who are living independently and who wish to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. This program is for people who do not wish to be defined by their disease, and who want socialization, stimulation and good tools for their toolkits.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2015

Chamber of Commerce 2004

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to increase advocacy and awareness about the growing numbers of senior citizens in our community and, consequently, the impact of Alzheimer's disease as Baby Boomers age.

We want to strategically increase our programming to those with early signs of dementia, and to emphasize brain health and fitness to the community.

Provide free Memory Screens to all residents of Beaufort County.\
Provide classes for those with mild memory impairment.
Provide a Brain Boosters class for those who are interested in proactively supporting their brain health.
Provide respite and caregiver support services.
Provide a social day program which provides those with moderate-level memory loss a best brain day of engaging activities.

We are financially sound and have the monetary capabilities of increasing advocacy and marketing.
We have a fulltime Community Education Director and a Development Director
We have a dedicated Brain Health Specialist.

We have completed a strategic plan 2019-2021 adopted by the Board and are currently on task.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Memory Matters

Board of directors
as of 6/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Craig Gilmour

Coastal Wealth Management/Raymond James

Term: 2019 - 2020

Mary Ella Jones

Retired

Sarah Coffin

Retired

Charles Duvall

retired

Renee Ford

Beaufort County

Paul Wexler

Retired and Community Volunteer

Paula Scanlon

Retired

Drew Laughlin

Retired

Ken Meyer

Retired

George Bafundo

Retired

Linda Fiore

Retired

Craig Gilmour

Financial Advisor

Kim Baretta

Retired Chef

Ted Orban

Financial

Dick Patrick

Charter One- Retired Realtor

Malcolm Binks

Retired Corporate

Greg DeLoach

Retired Town Government

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes