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

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

Memory Cafés welcome persons experiencing memory loss, along with family and friends who love and care for them.  Attendees participate in activities, learning, music, conversation, refreshments, laughter, and fun. 

Appleton 

Meade Street Bistro, 2729 N Meade Street, Appleton – Thursday, July 4– 1:30p 

Cancelled! Happy Independence Day! 

 

Thompson Center on Lourdes, 2331 E Lourdes Dr, Appleton – Wednesday, July 10 – 10:00a  

Enjoy a presentation by Stone Arch Brew Pub on the making of beer and craft soda. Soda tasting and brats with mustard flights will be served! 

 

Meade Street Bistro, 2729 N Meade Street, Appleton – Thursday, July 18 – 1:30p 

To be determined. 

 

Brillion 

AriensCo Museum, 109 Calumet St, Brillion 

Cancelled, Returning in the fall. 

 

Chilton  

Ledge View Nature Center, W2348 Short Road, Chilton – Tuesday, July 9– 1:30p 

“Celebrating Freedom”- What does Freedom mean to you?  Come dive into the history of Freedom around the world.   

Freedom  

Buzz’s Pub & Grill, W2116 County Rd S, Freedom – Thursday, July 18 – 10:30a 

Time to rotate your tires and cruise on over to Buzz’s where we commemorate our first set of wheels.  Race over to 

see a few classic cars, bring a picture of your first car & enjoy the little tikes build a track with matchbox cars. 

 

Fremont  

Neuschafer Community Library of Fremont, 317 Wolf River Dr, Fremont – Monday, July 1 – 1:30p 

USA Army-opoly with red, white, and blue treats! 

 

Greenville 

Fox West YMCA, W6931 School Road, Greenville – Wednesday, July 3 – 1:30p 

Summer is hot! Let’s chat about ways to exercise in the summer and try a few seated chair exercises in the comfort of the air conditioning!   

 

Kaukauna 

Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Road, Suite 200, Kaukauna – Monday, July 8– 1:30p 

Wear your red, white, and blue as we celebrate our United States Independence- join us for holiday snacks, our freedom’s history, and festive music. 

 

Kimberly 

Heart of the Valley YMCA, 225 W Kennedy Avenue, Kimberly – Thursday, July 181:30p 

Leather working – Learn the fundamentals to handmake leather goods. We will go over how to prepare the leather for tooling and painting as well as setting rivets and snaps to create keychains, bookmarks, or bracelets. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Public Library, 515 W. Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly  

Cancelled, returning in January 2025. 

 

Menasha 

Menasha Senior Center, 116 Main St, Menasha – Tuesday, July 23 – 1:30p 

Ageless Grace is a cutting edge, evidence based, “brain fitness” program designed to improve cognitive function and physical well-being.  Classes utilize 21 Simple Tools that address primary factors of aging in the body, AND work the five areas of the brain: analytical, strategic planning, memory/recall, kinesthetic learning, and creativity & imagination.   

 

Whether you’re new to Ageless Grace, or an old pro, “Ageless Grace” has something for everyone.  This class will focus on several of the 21 tools to give students a broader understanding of their primary benefits and ways to practice the tools at home. 

 

Neenah 

Neenah Public Library, 240 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah – Monday, July 15 1:30p  

Concert with accordionist Micah Sommersmith. 

 

New London 

Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3380 Rogers Road, New London – Wednesday, July 10 – 1:30p 

Fireflies! Who remembers catching fireflies and putting them in a jar? We will learn how they communicate and what makes them glow! 

 

New London Senior Center, 600 W Washington Street, New London  

Cancelled indefinitely.  

 

Oshkosh 

Oshkosh YMCA, 3303 W 20th Avenue, Oshkosh – Wednesday, July 3 – 1:30p  

Stars & Stripes – Join us as we celebrate our nation’s independence! We’ll play Patriotic Bingo, enjoy red, white and blue snacks and more! 

 

Oshkosh Traveling Memory Café location TBD, Oshkosh – Wednesday, July 17 – 1:30p  

A blast from the past, Ardy and Ed’s Drive In. Join us for a root beer float or ice cream, 1950’s trivia and good times with friends! 

 

Waupaca  

Waupaca Fox Valley Technical College, 1979 Godfrey Dr, Waupaca – Monday, July 8 1:30p 

To be determined.