Dr. Charles H. Edwards II founded Memory & Movement Charlotte in December 2013. After 30 years as a cardiovascular surgeon, he developed a tremor in his hand that compelled him to embrace a different kind of medical practice. Deeply affected by caring for his parents, both of whom had dementia, he completed dementia care training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore. He returned to his native Charlotte and with his wife, Mary, opened the Center, now on Billingsley Road off Randolph.
The nonprofit Center is devoted to meeting the medical, safety and behavioral needs of patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of memory and movement disorder. Using a time-and-attention model, the Center develops a care plan for each patient. At the same time, caregivers receive continuing education, and time to ask questions and express concerns. No one is turned away. Learn about Our Team, including nurses and support staff.
Memory & Movement Charlotte helped care for Fred over the last five years of his long struggle with Alzheimer’s. While making the retired captain in the Fire Department as comfortable as possible, the Center also focused on his family.
Doctors and staff provided answers to their questions. They gave them the skills they needed to care for their father. They helped them “peel back the veil,” says a daughter, so they could see beyond Alzheimer’s to the wonderful man they knew before the disease.
“Our concern became their concerns,” says Diane, one of four daughters who helped care for their dad. “They came in with love.” Fred was 74 when he passed away at home in early 2019.
A year later, twin sisters Diane and Dianna are launching Legacy Caregiver Makeover, a nonprofit devoted to helping caregivers with housework, yardwork and cooking.
“The Center gave us hope,” Diane says. Now they plan to pay it forward.