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…
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…
Fox Valley in the spotlight:
This post was slated to be about memory café activities. But through conversation and investigation, I quickly came to the point that…
There is a growing literature and practice around trying to make care environments and communities more age and dementia friendly. Can any of this information help us create more accessible and inviting memory café environments? And, for those…
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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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.
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.