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 know that care partners need to get out and engage in their communities more frequently than that!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a comprehensive resource for 'forgetfulness friendly' activities to help fill the gap between memory café events? It's a difficult proposition because most senior organizations don't have the bandwidth to collect and post information on local activities available across regional organizations. It's a lot of work, and there may be some concern about liability when advocating for events sponsored by other organizations.
Our current solution is a "Forgetfulness Friendly and Free" Bay Area page available on our memory café website. We keep our eyes and ears open for local events, programs and services that fit that bill, and update the page frequently. Listings include a short description, time, location, cost (if any), and contact information. We cannot cover everything that's out there of course, but we keep it fresh, and we incorporate feedback from our community.
If you're interested in creating such an activity resource for your café members, have a look at our page HERE. The Café Catalyst community would also be grateful to hear about how you find activities and get the word out in your area! Please shed some light by posting a comment or sharing on our forum.