• About a year ago "Aroma de Cafe" was launched, the first Spanish-speaking memory cafe in Massachusetts. It is held in the city of Lawrence, in a predominantly Latino community. The room is decorated with real palm trees, pictures of coffee and cocoa fields. Traditional foods are served, and period style music plays softly in the background. The coordinators named the cafe after the scent of brewing coffee, which is evocative for most of their guests, who come from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean,…

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  • Dementia-Friendly Cafe Begins Third Year

    The Dementia-Friendly Café Is Entering Its Third Year of Offering a Safe, Welcoming Space for Anybody Affected by the Diagnosis (Written by Anita Rufus, published by CV Independent)

    The concept of “dementia cafés”— places where people, who all too often feel isolated and socially…

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  • Getting Out on the Town

    Memory Cafés provide a much needed opportunity for both care partners to get out of the house and connect with an accepting circle of friends.  At Memory Care Café here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we hear from our guests how important it is to have that break in their daily routine, and to take part in a fun social outing together. 

    Most memory and Alzheimer's cafés across the country meet once or twice per month. We are lucky enough to offer a café event weekly in our area. But we…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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?


Todd Gascon is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Jenny Nunning is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Mary McElligott is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Rachel Sachs is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Pauline Page is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
About a year ago "Aroma de Cafe" was launched, the first Spanish-speaking memory cafe in Massachuse…
Mandy Shoemaker, Cate McCarty and Kristin Brett joined Memory Café Catalyst
Joel Shapira 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 our free Friendship Luncheons in 2017. Please visit our Fall Friendship Campaign page (https://memorycarecafe-2828.wedid.it/) and consider sending the link to anyone who might support this effort. Many Thanks!

In the News

Shrewsbury Public Library Receives [$10,000] Federal Grant to Start “Memory Café" (MA)...Read more at patch.com

Grab a cup of coffee at Memory Cafe with people living with memory loss (Tempe, AZ)...Watch news clip at 12news.com

Music can connect even when memories are elusive (Fox Valley, WI)...Read more at postcrescent.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.