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Memory Cafés   

Memory Cafés are places where persons with AlzheimMemory Cafeer’s or a related disease can go with their care partners to just socialize and have fun  with other people going through similar things. At a memory café, people can relax and just be themselves, knowing that no one judges them and all who are there are going through almost the same things that they go through every day.  A Memory Cafe has no real agenda or stated purpose except to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes the group may decide that it wants to have speakers or an educational component, or do special activities like go to museums or music recitals. Some memory café’s are built around a concept like the arts, or to do a charitable act. Each memory care around the country is different; all are grass roots efforts to assist the person with dementia and their care partner to have a good day. The first cafe opened in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Miesen later helped the UK start their cafes in 2000. The first Alzheimer's Cafe in the US started in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM.

Want to start a Memory Café in your neighborhood?

Tool Kit for building a Neighborhood Memory Café

Another handbook about Cafés