Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10AM.
Jim Hudson Automotive Group presents Music for Memories: A Special Evening with Kane Brown benefiting Via Cognitive Health at the James Brown Arena on Tuesday, March 28th.
About Via Cognitive Health
The In-Home Respite Care program began in 1986 for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. In 1989, a Day Center was opened one day a week at Covenant Presbyterian Church in west Augusta, eventually increasing to three days a week. The Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care opened at its current location at 1901 Central Avenue in 1996.
In 1996, the center moved to its new location at 1901 Central Avenue, now open five days a week, with more space to serve more families. The growth was spearheaded by a group of dental students who lost someone they greatly admired and respected to Alzheimer’s: Dr. Jud C. Hickey, the founding dean of the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. The center was named in his honor. Dr. Hickey died in 2005, at the age of 78, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
As community needs continued to grow, the Center expanded as well. In 2020, the center added programming for care partner education and support, and empowerment tools for people to improve brain health as they age, in addition to the existing day time programming for mild to moderate dementia. In 2022, the board of directors worked with a local marketing firm and changed the name to Via Cognitive Health to better reflect our programming.
The future is of Via Cognitive Health is extremely bright thanks to many generous donors. Construction will begin on a new location in 2022. The new center will be located on Washington Road near I-20 and will serve as Campus and Resource Center for Dementia and Cognitive Decline. The new facility will offer a state of the art venue for programming for living with cognitive decline, as well as space to serve exponentially more care partners and members. The number of people currently living with adult cognitive decline from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is overwhelming, but there are ways to proactively combat its progression and its effects on our community.
Mission and Vision
Via Cognitive Health’s mission is to provide life-changing programs with a dignified approach focused on living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia through our innovative day program, community education and support, and empowering people to improve brain health as they age.
The mission is carried out by:
The vision of Via Cognitive Health is to help create a world where the stigma of Alzheimer’s and related dementia doesn’t define the person’s self-worth and contribution to our community.