Fox Valley Memory Project will host virtual Memory Cafes using Zoom:
Tuesdays at 11:00a & Fridays at 1:30p
(Days and times are subject to change; other days and times may be available.)
If you would like to know more about joining over Zoom,
contact Brianna via email at [email protected].
Please watch our website, Facebook page, and the newsletter
(sent to subscribed email addresses) for updates.
Imagine your loved one 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 memory loss.
This engaging experience is intended to be enjoyed by those with memory loss as well as their care partner, family and friends and creates a rich and diverse environment where friendships are built and enjoyed among all those experiencing the journey.
What to expect at a Memory Café
Memory Cafés consist of facilitated activities, informal conversation, and light refreshments. 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. Please visit our Gallery for great photos of our Memory Cafés!
What are the results of participating?
Based on survey data from café attendees, they report that cafés aid in combating a major challenge in living with a dementia or caring for someone living with a dementia – social isolation. They also state that the café activities often provide recall of personal memories and provide engaging opportunities that are not otherwise available. Memory Cafés also provide family and care partners with a shared experience and fosters meaningful connections among loved ones and friends.
How did Memory Cafés 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 journey.
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