Beth Soltzberg

Waltham, MA


A little about me: I coordinate the JF&CS Memory Café in Waltham, Massachusetts. This is a monthly, intergenerational Café that includes creative experiences led by a guest artist. I'm a social worker and also lead support groups and arts programs for people with dementia and/or Parkinson's.


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"Agnes, in Massachusetts we have a statewide directory run by Jewish Family & Children's Service that is very helpful for referrals and for those starting new cafes: It is not that much work to maintain, beyond…"
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…
"Hi Debora,
Thanks for following up on this! The context is that there is a growing population of adults aging with an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD), and many are developing dementia. People with I/DD are about 3% of the general popula…"
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 t…
“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 int…
Thank you for these great suggestions!  Our café has joined with others in the Greater Boston area to develop a shared online directory, at ; We hope that by publicizing the network we will raise awarene…"
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 bri…
"We have a guest artist come each month, which our guests seem to really enjoy.  However, we also keep about 1/3 of the Café time free just to socialize.  I've created a "discussion box" for each table, with index cards that have fun discussion promp…"
Beth Soltzberg is now a member of Memory Café Catalyst