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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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Mary L. Corbett is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
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Jackie Johnson is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
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ELINA DUTTA is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
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Dec 6, 2013
Carole Ware McKenzie is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst
Nov 20, 2013
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Memory Café in the Making
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Nov 15, 2013

In the News

Memory Café Opens in Portage (Madison, WI)... Read more at Madison.com

Dorchester Memory Café knitters hold exhibition at hospital (Dorset, England)... Read more at View From

Memory Café helps Patients, Caregivers deal with dementia (Louisville, KY)... Read more at Courier-Journal.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.


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.