• Resources For Finding Local Activities

    Hi All, I'm curious how people in your area find local activities--things that get them out of the house and engaging with their communities.  Here in the San Francisco Bay Area there's no single resource that's useful for care partners aging in place with memory loss challenges.  But maybe we are missing something! What kinds of activity information resources are you referring people to?   

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  • Connecting Minnesota Memory Cafes

    Hello all,A member of my team recently asked me if I knew of any memory cafes in/near Lakeville, Minnesota, USA and I realized I had no way of getting that information. Consequently, I had the idea of creating a directory of memory cafés in Minnesota. Our supporting organization ACT on Alzheimer's is unable to start and maintain one at the moment. However, they referred me to https://www.minnesotahelp.info/ where I disappointingly found only two memory cafes listed. However, this seems…

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    Started by Agnes Biswalo 2 Replies · Reply by Beth Soltzberg Nov 18, 2017
  • A book on on caring for a loved one with Dementia

    My name is Adam Sibley and I have written a book based on my experiences of caring for my mum with early onset dementia when I was 28 and my mum was 51. It has become an Amazon Bestseller, it has been featured in the Independent and Telegraph newspapers here in the UK and been reviewed by many, including the Prime Minister and the NHS:“I found Adam’s account of his experiences in caring for his mum very moving. He seems an extraordinary young man who has accomplished a great deal” - David…

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  • Welcoming people with intellectual or developmental disabilities

    Hello all,I'm working with our Department of Developmental Services to support the development of cafés that are inclusive of people living with dementia who also have ID/DD.  Has anyone had experience with a memory café that has worked to include these folks?  If so, I'd love to talk with you.Thanks,Beth

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Memory Café Catalyst is an online community connecting supporters of memory cafés (also called Alzheimer's cafés), which are community-building gatherings for people experiencing memory loss, their caregivers, family and friends. Are you interested in developing a café in your community? Or are you already involved with a café and looking to exchange ideas and information?

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Katy O'Leary of the Southington, CT memory café says: "We begin our monthly Cafe event at the Southington Public Library with an ice-breaker question. Guests make a name tag when they arrive, so the question is instead of a formal introduction. Answers to the question allow us to get to know each other. We have a lot of fun with the questions/answers!

Don Marshall, organizer of the Alzheimer's Café in Exeter NH heard members of his café talking about how much they used to enjoy playing golf. He has now arranged for the next café to take place at a local driving range! 

At one Fox Valley Memory Café in Appleton Wisconsin, facilitators John and Susan McFadden reserve a time near the beginning of their café for people to share jokes:  "After welcoming everbody, we often have what we call 'Bad Joke Time' where people bring in their worst jokes--this is VERY popular!"

Hilda Cook, who recently started a memory café in Stamford Connecticut, says a quick phone call to members the night before their monthly get-together is appreciated and really helps boost attendance.

Ken Capron, Founder of Maine's Memory Works and organizer for several new memory cafés has a webpage on memory café activities. Croquet and bean bag baseball are ideas in the works.

Priscilla Pittman, Little Rock Memory Café: Starbucks is providing FREE coffee for our memory café each month, even though the gatherings are no longer held there.