Fort Worth’s first, finest and most comprehensive center for dementia care.
The James L. West Center is a not-for-profit organization which serves persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their families in a compassionate and spiritual environment. This Center is dedicated to providing individualized care and support to enhance the quality and dignity of each person's life throughout the course of the disease. By participating in meaningful research and sharing its experience and knowledge, the Center is committed to enriching lives now and in the future.
The James L. West Center for Dementia Care is a not-for-profit organization founded on the love and compassion of Eunice P. West, who witnessed the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her husband, Fort Worth business leader and philanthropist James L. West. As a caregiver, Mrs. West understood the hardships families face, at a time when services for people with dementia were not commonly available.
To honor her husband’s memory, Mrs. West directed the James L. and Eunice P. West Charitable Trust, through First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, to provide major funding to build a nondenominational facility dedicated to the care of people living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. The grand opening of the James L. West Center for Dementia Care in 1993 brought to life Mrs. West’s vision of a mission-driven organization that would assist the whole family from diagnosis to end of life, engage in meaningful research and share its knowledge with the community at large.
The Center’s philosophy of compassionate memory care and support serves as a loving tribute from Mrs. West to her husband and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff today.
Our Philosophy of Care
Our philosophy of care is one that focuses not on what’s lost, but on nurturing what remains for our residents and their loved ones. This philosophy is a result of Mrs. West's loving tribute to her husband and continues to guide the decision-making of the board and staff. We offer help and hope – for those already affected by dementia and for those who may be in the future – through our Residential and Respite Program, Senior Adult Day Program, and Community Outreach and Education Program.
Our education and research partners include:
- Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center
- Concorde Career College
- North Side High School
- Sam Houston State University
- Tarrant County College
- Texas Christian University
- Texas Tech University
- University of North Texas Health Science Center Medical School
- University of North Texas Department of Applied Gerontology
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
- Weatherford College