Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected. It’s a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in. We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We’d be delighted if you would join us!
According to the Alzheimer’s Association there are an estimated 8,000 individuals who may be affected in the Valley. As developed in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, memory cafés offer opportunities for socialization to persons with memory loss and their family care partners and friends. Memory cafés consist of informal conversation, some kind of program (e.g., speaker, music, arts, games), and refreshments like coffee and cookies. Information is available from professionals (e.g., social workers, nurses) who attend but do not lead the programs; a trained coordinator and volunteers plan and lead the programs, with input from attendees.
Research in the UK and the Netherlands shows that memory café participation reduces social isolation, provides enjoyable interaction without stigma, acts as an entry point for needed resources, and offers access to information. Local research has identified social isolation as a major challenge for people living with dementia.
Call Lynn Ann at (920) 225-1715 for more information.