Premier local non-profit leaders collaborate on the long-term well-being of senior adults and family caregivers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 11, 2022) — Southminster and The Ivey have announced a strategic collaboration aimed at improving the lives of Mecklenburg County residents through memory respite programming and Brain Health Workshops for people looking to maintain brain health at any age.
While remaining independent organizations, this new collaboration brings together the in-depth knowledge and skills that have long characterized Southminster, a leading life-plan community founded in 1987, and The Ivey, a premier provider of day programming for early-stage dementia, support for the family caregiver, and brain-health education for the community since 2008.
According to AARP, 1 in 5 North Carolinians will soon be over age 65. With this age shift of citizens in our community, strategic collaborations between non-profits like this are crucial. Programming expansion is needed to support people living with memory impairment as well as those hoping to offset cognitive decline through modifiable lifestyle changes.
The most recent 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report from the Alzheimer’s Association finds that while risk factors like age, genetics, and family history cannot be changed, other risk factors can be modified to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. “These modifiable risk factors are the focus of The Ivey’s new Brain Health Workshops,” said Lynn Ivey, Founder of The Ivey. “We know from the latest Alzheimer’s Association research, that addressing factors such as physical activity, diet, and social connections may prevent or delay up to 40 percent of dementia cases.”
“This collaboration is incredibly significant and will have lasting outcomes, “said Ben Gilchrist, President, and CEO at Southminster. “It has never been clearer to all of us in Charlotte-Mecklenburg that we have a responsibility as leaders in aging services to collaborate and share resources. In working together, we can accelerate and increase our impact on the community crisis we are facing with brain health.”

About Southminster

A leader in the field of aging, Southminster is a non-profit, charitable Life Plan Community, providing innovative living solutions to aging across a full continuum of care. Dedicated to overall well-being, Southminster embraces living life with purpose by valuing independence and privacy, inspiring creative passions, encouraging lifelong learning, and motivating each individual’s plan for wellness to its highest potential. For more information on Southminster, please visit

About The Ivey

A Charlotte-based non-profit since 2008, The Ivey is a leader in brain health solutions. The Ivey’s flagship day program provides premier day programming for individuals living with early-stage dementia, complemented by support for the family caregiver with respite, education, and resources. With the addition of its innovative brain health workshops launched in 2021, The Ivey continues leading the way by supporting those who want to learn from experts how to age well, keeping the brain healthy, and avoiding cognitive decline.

About Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias continues to rise locally and nationally. It is estimated that more than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and 1 in 3 seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Between 2020 and 2025 North Carolina will see a 16.7% increase in those 65 and older with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. In 2022, Alzheimer’s cost the nation $321 billion, by 2050 those costs could rise to $1 trillion. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s.