We only have one "adult day service" in our region and it's always full. Over a year ago, the other one in our region closed, with no plans to reopen in a different location. There is a huge need for this, but we need to approach it with a new model. Too many people associate these services with child "day care" which reinforces social stigma of persons having dementia. A "club" model would offer a safe, engaging, well-staffed environment with programs designed for persons with dementia. These programs would at times involve care partners and would provide outreach to the community. Two examples are possibilities for community arts programs and community service. I am imagining a group at the "club" perhaps working with a local artist to produce some kind of artwork (or perhaps a dance program, a musical, a play); care partners would be invited to participate. This would then be promoted to the whole community, perhaps once or twice a year. An approach like this would give both care partners and persons with dementia an important social role in the community. Another important social role would come from community service. Too often, when people are diagnosed with dementia, the assumption is that they now must be "taken care of" and we forget that they still have things to offer to the community. Service projects for other nonprofits would allow them to do this, and if care partners chose to get involved, they could do that. They wouldn't have to be at the "club" all the time (because, after all, the "club" is supposed to provide respite for them) but could choose to participate as they wish. We have had success at our memory cafes doing service projects for our local homeless shelter and our shelter for victims of domestic abuse. People with dementia and their care partners need to stay connected to their communities and through the arts and service to others, they can do this.