About Memory Cafés
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.
Neenah Public Library
240 E Wisconsin Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956
Memorial Presbyterian Church
803 E College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
St. John United Church of Christ
1130 W Marquette Street
Appleton, WI 54914
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
Village of Kimberly Municipal Complex, Cedar Room
515 W Kimberly Avenue
Kimberly, WI 54136
If you would like to know more about joining over Zoom,
contact Harper at [email protected] or by calling 920-225-1711
Memory Café programs are supported by: