Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center

The Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center is a resource for individuals to proactively address memory loss or dementia through participation in COA’s IMEP™ program.

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 to support cognitive function. The program also 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 where participants can challenge themselves, have fun, and support their brain health. It also provides a valuable respite for caregivers.

“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.”

The 5-hour IMEP™ program is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center. Lunch is included. IMEP classes are also held in St. Augustine at Anastasia Baptist Church, and in Fruit Cove at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. For information on attending at these other locations click here.

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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I am so happy that my mom has the opportunity to be part of this exceptional program. Mom is excited, positive, and for the first time in ten years she wanted to go buy herself a new outfit to go to class!”

The Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center is located at 1048 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For more information and to register, please contact Emily Oddy at 904-729-9535. To learn more about the IMEP program, please click here. For information on caregiver support, please visit our Community Care-Giving page here.

Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center

1048 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082