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  • Young volunteers are making some magic at the JF&CS Memory Café! The café just opened on March 7th—the second in Massachusetts so far—and it’s off to a strong start, in part, because of some enthusiastic student volunteers from Brandeis University (volunteers attending their May 2nd café are pictured above).

    Beth Soltzberg, who spearheaded development…

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  • A New Chapter

    Over the past several months, I have been on an extended leave while making an international move with my family. Now that we are settled, I am excited to be getting back to writing for this website, and helping in any way possible to support the expansion of social cafés for people with memory loss and their loved ones. At this time, I am looking into ways to contribute to this movement here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will be thinking about how best to move forward with this website…

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  • Memory Café in the Making

    Fort Walton Beach Neighborhood Memory Café in the Spotlight: 

    Maryann Makekau is off to a great start with her new memory café in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. And I’m not surprised. Her warmth and enthusiasm are palpable in every interaction—even her emails bring ‘Hugs from Maryann.’

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  • What if there was a free online platform that could help your memory café bring in new members, volunteers and community donations, and also provide a place for these groups to share information, schedules and announcements?

    You may have heard about Lotsa Helping Hands as a free online tool that can help family and friends coordinate care for a loved one who is experiencing challenging life circumstances. But last year,…

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  • How to get the word out to families - ideas?

    Hello all, Our café has been running since March, and the people who come love it.  But the core group are folks who already knew JF&CS through other programs or who are the adventuresome types!  And they are wonderful, but it's been difficult to bring in a wider circle of guests.  I'd really like to reach people who are more isolated and most need to connect with others through a café.  So far, I've been reaching out to providers, support group facilitators, etc,, and also trying to spread the…

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  • Activities at Memory Cafés

    One of our members is starting a memory café and looking for input on what activities have been successful or unsuccessful for other cafés. Any suggestions/advice?

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Welcome

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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How to get the word out to families - ideas?
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"We have a guest artist come each month, which our guests seem to really enjoy.  However, we…"
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New Café in Waltham has Intergenerational Inspiration
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Beth Soltzberg is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
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A New Chapter
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In the News

TV Bid for Sidmouth Dementia Group (Devon, UK)... Read more at Sidmouth Herald

Businesses Take Pledge to be Dementia Aware (Appleton, WI)... Read more at Postcrescent.com

Memory Cafés to Help Alzheimer Sufferers Reflect (Kinosha, WI)... Read more at Kenosha News

Alzheimer's Cafe Provides Safe, Social Spot (Columbia City, WA)...Watch video at WEARTV ABC 3 News

Memories Café Opens for Dementia Patients at Wirral HOSPITAL (Wirral, UK)... Read more at Wirral Globe

Memory Loss Center Offers Drop-in Service for People Dealing with Dementia (Appleton, WI)... Read more at Postcrescent.com

So, What is a Memory Café? (Pererborough, NH)... Read more at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Senior Watch: Memory Cafés (Stockton Springs, ME)... Watch clip on WABI TV 5

Memory Café Launched in Waltham MA... Read more at the Waltham News Tribune

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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.


ANNOUNCEMENT

The dementia advocacy group Alzheimer's Speaks has gathered a group of 'Memory Café Mentors' who are making themselves available to answer your specific questions about starting and running a café. Find out more here.