Alzheimer's Activity Center

Working together to create a welcoming, supportive and mutually-enriching environment.

By providing services, support and education to the families and professionals involved in the care and treatment of our clients with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions, we aim to maximize and maintain our clients’ physical, social, intellectual and emotional functioning. Our programs and services will assist in preventing isolation of both the client and the caregiver, resulting in an improved quality of life.

Respite & Research for Alzheimer's Disease is an equal opportunity service provider to all persons regardless of, race, sex, color, age, religion, actual or perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or national origin, or familial status.

The Alzheimer's Activity Center, also known informally as "The Club," provides programs and support services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related conditions. Our dedicated staff members work together to create a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment.

In addition to center-specific programming, the clients of the Alzheimer's Activity Center enjoy several closely-supervised inter-generational activities every week with the Rosa Elena Childcare Center.

If you are looking for quality daytime care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other related condition, our center offers a sense of community where respect, dignity and personal growth are priorities. You will have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is receiving the best professional care.

Our Services

The Alzheimer's Activity Center provides therapeutic activities to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions.

The services include adult day care activities that:

    Enhance the use of cognitive skills;
    Stimulate interaction on personal & group levels;
    Encourage mobility & stability;
    Provide monitoring & assistance in the areas of nutrition & personal hygiene.

We are able to accommodate individuals who are incontinent, who wander, and those who may have behavioral challenges.

The Qualified Dementia Care Provider credential is a nationally recognized certification of expertise in caring for and understanding individuals with dementia and related conditions. Our staff are Qualified Dementia Care certified.

With our safe and secure activity rooms and our quarter of an acre, park-like outdoor area, we offer our clients a sense of freedom and choice which reduces frustration and agitation. All activities are modified to foster the experience of success for each individual. Inter-generational activities with the Rosa Elena Childcare Center offer unique opportunities for interaction and connection. The complete freedom of movement afforded by the Alzheimer's Activity Center's environment has proven extremely beneficial to our clients.

Services are available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every Saturday beginning January 1, 2010 (excluding holidays). The extended hours offer families the opportunity for 60.5 hours per week of respite care, supporting the working caregiver. Daily attendance ranges from 75 to 85 clients.


The support services provided by the Alzheimer's Activity Center are extended to all of those whose lives have been impacted by the disease. To this end, the center is committed to provided education, resources, and support to all family caregivers and community professionals. Examples of services currently available include a monthly support group, peer support, resource library, caregiver health screenings, workshops, and special events.

The Story

Gary W. Steinke, M.D., Rose Kleiner, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Michael Gilfix, Esq., and Elayne Brill founded Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, a nonprofit corporation, in 1984. In 1986, the Alzheimer's Activity Center was opened in a Willow Glen school site. The center became a designated Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Center by the State of California in 1988, making it the first large capacity dementia-specific adult day care program in the country. In 1991, the center relocated to a newly built, 9,000 sq. ft. facility on Enborg Lane in San Jose, California, where it is currently located.

The Rosa Elena Childcare Center, also a program of Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease, brings an 
inter-generational component to our programs and enhances the agency’s ability to meet its goals.

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