In the Summer of 1986, the Alzheimer's Association conducted a survey of caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and identified a need in the Augusta area for an In-Home Care Program. Training for In-Home Respite Staff was completed and in November 1986 that program began.
Another survey identified the need for a Day Center for the care of those with Alzheimer's disease. In April 1989, a Center was opened one day a week at Covenant Presbyterian Church in west Augusta. Eventually, the program was increased to three days a week.
The Augusta Alzheimer's Chapter office purchased the property at 1901 Central Avenue with the intention of converting it into a five-day-a-week Day Center. The construction was made possible by funds raised through a community campaign conducted by the University HealthCare Foundation. Construction of the facility was completed and the Alzheimer's Day Center opened its doors in the fall of 1996. This was the first Alzheimer's/dementia specific day center in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
In 2000, the National Alzheimer's Association decided to focus on education and research. This potentially meant closing the Day Center. The Board of Directors felt the Center made a significant contribution to the community and voted to become a seperate entity from the Alzheimer's Association. In July 2002, the Center began functioning seperately from the Alzheimer's Association, receiving no financial support, though sharing the same Board of Directors. In March 2003, the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care name became official with 501(c) (3) tax exempt status. In July 2004, the Jud C. Hickey Center formed its own Board of Directors.
Jud C. Hickey, D.D.S., was the founding dean of the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia and was the interim president of the Medical College of Georgia from 1987-1988. He was a client when the Center opened in 1996 and it was named in honor of this gentleman whose legacy will be remembered for years to come. Dr. Hickey died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 78 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care is a non-profit organization and is dedicated to providing support and assistance to Alzheimer's patients and their families in the CSRA.