Integrative Memory Enhancement Program (IMEP™)

Created by Council on Aging, IMEP™ is a dynamic and innovative response to memory loss. A structured, research-based program, IMEP integrates the mind, body, and brain connections to boost cognitive reserve and minimize the progression of memory loss or dementia. IMEP employs specific cognitive and physical exercises designed for seniors, and utilizes healing modalities that support overall brain and body function. 

A light-hearted atmosphere, authentic dialogue and engaging social interaction are the hallmarks of each and every IMEP class. Each class focuses on a different brain topic, for example flexible thinking, spatial orientation, communication or reasoning. The day’s activities then support and stimulate that brain function. The program provides a dignified, supportive, and non-judgmental environment.

IMEP is offered in both 2-hour and 5-hour program formats in a relaxed and supportive classroom environment that encourages camaraderie. The 5-hour program includes lunch.

What health professionals say about IMEP:

“The IMEP program is a valuable resource for our MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and dementia community. Their approach to engaging individuals in physical and cognitive exercises in a social environment aligns well with what we know helps older individuals with memory loss,” explained Dr. Melanie Chandler, Ph.D., Division of Psychology, Mayo Clinic. “I hear many positive things about IMEP from my patients, not only that they find it helpful, but also that they find it to be ‘so much fun’ (as a recent patient of mine stated). I will continue to refer my patients to the IMEP program.”

What our participants and caregivers say about IMEP:

“It’s a totally relaxed and non-threatening environment. It’s very comfortable – one of the most comfortable I’ve experienced. That’s just as important as the educational aspect – the experience of being in a supportive and caring environment.”
“The classes have greatly improved my husband’s overall ability to function. When he first arrived he wouldn’t engage with other participants. Now he has a positive outlook, joins in group discussions, raises his hand to share, and interacts socially with others in the class.”
“From the moment we walked in, we were welcomed by the facilitators and the participants!  The class agenda was introduced to Mom in such a way that would make her feel comfortable and in control of making a positive and educated choice and change in her life.”
To learn more and for details on program options and costs, please contact COA’s Emily Oddy at 904-729-9535 or eoddy@coasjc.org.

IMEP Locations in St. Johns County, Florida:

Anastasia Baptist Church
1650 A1A S

St. Augustine, FL 32080

5-Hour IMEP Classes:

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2-Hour IMEP Classes:

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fruit Cove Baptist Church
501 State Rd 13

Fruit Cove, FL 32259
5-Hour IMEP Classes:

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center
1048 A1A North

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
5-Hour IMEP Classes:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Scholarships may be available if you qualify, and are funded in part by the United Way and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

NEW: Strengthen Your Brain and Boost Your Memory Reserves at Home with IMEPat HOME!

COA’s ground-breaking Integrative Memory Enhancement Program, IMEP, is now also available online! Now you can take action to enhance your memory and stay sharp through participating in IMEP from the comfort of home.
Don’t wait – when you can access this empowering program to mitigate early memory loss and dementia now!
To learn more and for details on program options and costs, please contact COA’s Emily Oddy at 904-729-9535 or eoddy@coasjc.org.

Interested in IMEP for Your Agency?

If you are an agency interested in implementing the Integrative Memory Enhancement Program (IMEP) for memory services in your organization, then please visit here.

If you or a loved are experiencing cognitive changes, early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, COA can help!  Our caring team, programs and services will ensure that you or your loved one receive the help you need to meet any challenges you might be facing.

Have questions? Call 904-209-3700