• June Memory Café Conference Call

    Memory Café Catalyst members,

    I want to let you know about the second national Memory Café conference call scheduled for next week, June 15th at noon PST!  

    See below details from the organizer Marshall Stanek:

    Please join our Memory Café Leaders National Conference call. We’re excited to have some of the pioneers of the U.S. Memory Cafés (Beth Soltzberg, John & Susan McFadden, and Ken Capron) sharing how they’ve been able to get…

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  • We are fortunate to have a member of our community who wants to plan a monthly conference call for Café organizers across the country to come together and share experiences and ideas that will help build and keep our Cafés vibrant and growing.  See below Marshall's suggestion and details on how to join the call:

    Fellow Memory Catalyst Leaders, 

    After working with a local team to develop a model we can use to roll out multiple Cafes in San…

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  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

    Almost a year ago, JF&CS started the second memory café in Massachusetts. Two things about the experience of launching and developing a café struck me.

    First, providers were intrigued by the name and concept, and once we built solid attendance, guests loved it. Our experience reinforced what I’d heard from others across the country – that the memory café is new and compelling. It fills a gap as a…

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  • Reach Out, Online!

    Developing and maintaining memory café membership can be much more difficult than one would imagine.  Once people come to a café, they are usually hooked, but getting new members out for the first time can be the biggest challenge faced by organizers. And when members move on because of changing care needs, the outreach and…

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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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  • Health Cafe Snack Ideas

    I am interested in what everyone offers for snacks at their cafes. It would be my choice to serve healthy foods and fruit is definitely in the plan. Our cafe meets at 9:30 a.m. and folks generally prefer a muffin, scone or fruit bread with their morning coffee. I have not been able to find store bought items that are low in saturated fat and sugar.  It would be interesting to hear what everyone else is serving. Thanks!   Pam in Wisconsin

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  • Who's interested in Leader Conference Calls monthly?

    Fellow Memory Catalyst Leaders, After working with a local team to develop a model we can use to roll out multiple Cafes in San Diego, we now have six scheduled venues, and over a dozen more sites asking to host Cafes. Now I'd like to learn what I can from others and thought it might be interesting to talk with others through a live conference call. I'm happy to host the call and wondered how many others would be interested in participating to share and learn from each other. My motto has…

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    Started by Marshall Stanek 1 Reply · Reply by Debora Tingley Mar 30, 2015
  • 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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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?


Sarah Holland is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
DENISE THORUD is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Kristi Poehlmann is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Hello all,I'm working with our Department of Developmental Services to support the development of c…
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Jana Jones is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Tonya Gusciora and Joshua D. White joined Memory Café Catalyst
Jill Agyekum is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst


I am working with Patricia Ris to expand the Memory Care Café program in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We are currently raising funds to support a free café program in 2016. Please visit our Fall Free For All Campaign page (https://memorycarecafe-2248.wedid.it) and consider sending the link to anyone who might support this effort. Many Thanks!

In the News

Alzheimer's Memory Cafes Focus on Fun Rather than Illness (Frederick, MD)...Read more at The Frederick News-Post

Memory Cafés Help People Cope with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease (Baltimore, MD)...Read/Listen at WBALTV.com

New Festival in Chichester for People Living with Dementia (South-East England) Read more at the Chichester Observer

Memory Cafe Brings Together Elderly and Caregivers (Longview, WA)...Read more at the Longview Daily News

Dementia Programs Tap into Creative Outlets (Appleton, WI)... Read more at Postcrescent.com

Making a Difference: Kenneth Capron's Dementia Diagnosis Spurs Him to Create MemoryWorks (Portland Maine) ...Read more at KeepMeCurrent.com


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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.