About Memory Cafés

Do you or a loved one have memory loss? Imagine a community of individuals experiencing memory loss actively engaging in singing, games, activities, conversation, and creative fun. Memory Cafés provide an innovative form of social engagement for people living with dementia, cognitive decline, or other forms of memory loss.

This engaging experience is designed to be enjoyed by those with memory loss as well as their care partners, family, and friends. Memory Cafés create a rich, diverse environment where friendships are built and enjoyed among all those experiencing the journey of memory loss.

What to Expect at a Memory Café

Memory Cafés consist of facilitated activities, informal conversation, and light refreshments. There is no cost to participate. Designed to be interactive, Memory Cafés allow for the person with memory loss and their care partner to interact in ways they had prior to the memory loss. Café themes have included guest speakers and presentations, musical performances, art projects, and games and activities that engage those with memory loss. An experienced facilitator and additional volunteers lead the cafés. The settings are relaxed and comfortable with accessibility for those with mobility limitations. The environment and activities are optimized to help people with memory loss engage in the social gathering. Please visit our Gallery for great photos of our Memory Cafés!

What are the results of participating?

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Based on survey data from café attendees, they report that cafés aid in combating a major challenge in living with memory loss or caring for someone living with memory loss – social isolation. They also state that the café activities often help with recall of personal memories and provide engaging opportunities that are not otherwise available due to memory loss. Memory Cafés also provide family and care partners with a shared experience and fosters meaningful connections among loved ones and friends.

How did Memory Cafès start?

Memory Cafés were developed in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and have been found to reduce social isolation, provide enjoyable interaction without stigma, act as an entry point for needed resources, and offer access to education and information throughout each person’s memory loss journey.

Memory Café Locations

Neenah Public Library
240 E Wisconsin Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956

 

River Tyme Bistro
425 W. Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911

 

Menasha – Elisha D. Smith Public Library
440 First Street
Menasha, WI 54952

 

Kaukauna Public Library
111 Main Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130

 

Mosquito Hill Nature Center
N3880 Rogers Road
New London, WI 54961

 

New London Senior Center
600 W Washington St

New London, WI 54961

 

Village of Kimberly Municipal Complex, Cedar Room

515 W Kimberly Avenue
Kimberly, WI 54136

 

Online Memory Café

Via online application “Zoom” to connect through video chat

Questions? Call 920-225-1711 or e-mail inf[email protected]