New Jersey Alzheimer's Adult Day Care Services

Program Description

New Jersey’s Alzheimer's Adult Day Care Services Program (AADSP) is a state funded program that partially covers the cost of adult day care for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia or other related memory disorders (Vascular, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body, FTD, CJD etc.). The program's objective is to help support and offer relief from the demands of caregiving for the primary caregiver. This program is run by New Jersey’s Department of Health’s Division of Aging and Community Services, and is administered locally by over 32 different day care centers.

There are Alzheimer's Day Care centers located in 18 of 21 NJ counties. However, it is not a requirement that the program participant be a resident of the county in which they receive care. Therefore, should there not be a center in one's county of residence, they can seek assistance in a neighboring county.

1. Atlantic County
2. Bergen County
3. Burlington County
4. Camden County
5. Cape May County
6. Cumberland County
7. Essex County
8. Gloucester County
9. Hunterdon County
10. Mercer County
11. Middlesex County
12. Monmouth County
13. Morris County
14. Ocean County
15. Passaic County
16. Salem County
17. Somerset County
18. Union County

 Did You Know? Persons in later stages of Alzheimer's sometimes go back to speaking their first language if different from their current language.


Eligibility Guidelines
  • New Jersey residents must be diagnosed with Alzheimer's, dementia, or another related memory disorder. 
  • They must reside at home (not in a nursing home, adult foster care, or assisted living).
  • Must be receiving personal care or supervision from an unpaid caregiver. This may be a spouse, another relative, or friend.
  • Financial limits vary if the applicant is single or married.

-Single applicants must have an annual income of less than 600% of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As of 2018, this means a single, widowed, or unmarried applicant must have income less than $5,400 / month and under $40,000 in “countable” assets.

-Married couples are limited to 700% of SSI or $5,250 / month in 2018 and $60,000 in assets.


Benefits and Services

The state of New Jersey will pay up to 75% of the costs of adult day care for 2 or 3 days a week for persons with Alzheimer’s or related conditions. Given the relatively high cost of adult day care in NJ, the annualized value of this benefit is approximately $8,784 / year or $732 / month.

In the Day Care Centers, individuals are provided with personal care, supervision, social activities, and meals.


How to Apply / Learn More

Interested parties can view a list of participating adult day centers here. The application process is managed by the adult day care centers. Families should be aware that if an adult day care center has no space available, they can seek assistance from an alternative location.

The state of New Jersey publishes a downloadable brochure about the program here.