Debora Tingley

Berkeley, CA

A little about me: Hello! I facilitate the Memory Café Catalyst online community. I also work to support the free Memory Care Cafe program in the San Francisco Bay Area and a new national online resource for care partners called Gezellig Magazine. If you have any questions about the Cafe Catalyst website, please get in touch via the contact information listed below.



Additional Contact Information: Cell Phone: 510-542-4188

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"Thanks for posting Angela! I went and had a look at the other activities on your website as well. We have done gratitude tags (and hung on a tree) at holiday time, but I think we will try your Gratitude Jar idea next time. The snacks look yummy--won…"
"I just wanted to add that here in the San Francisco Bay Area we get a lot of referrals to our cafes from social workers at memory diagnostic centers. If you live in a more rural area, try connecting with any physicians offices where cognitive diagno…"
"Hi Angela! Unfortunately, the calls are not happening anymore. If I hear of more interest, I can contact the former organizer (Marshall Stanek in San Diego) to see if he is able to resume.  They offered a really nice opportunity for connection and i…"
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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 pla…
"Hi Beth,
It's been a while since you posted this question.  I'm wondering what you've learned about improving inclusivity at memory cafes for people with intellectual or developmental challenges. Thanks in advance for any information!"
"I would like to add that there is another website now keeping a registry of cafes nationally:"
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 ha…
"This is a message from Marshall about today's call.  Sorry for this late notice!
Greetings Memory Cafe Leaders!
This is a reminder that our next National Conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 @ 11am Pacific time. 
We have a special gu…"
"Love to hear what people are doing--thanks for sharing and updating! Robert, where do you get your old radio shows?"
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 Na…
"The conference call will be from 2:00-3:00 pm PST on Monday, April 20th, 2015.  
Call in number:  (712) 775-7031 with Meeting ID 951-150-913.
Hope you can be there!"
We are fortunate to have a member of our community who wants to plan a monthly conference call for Café organizers across the country to come together and share experiences and ideas that will help build and keep our Cafés vibrant and growing.  See…
"Thanks Marshall for organizing this call to connect café organizers. An ongoing monthly call would be so helpful.  Hoping that we can can this started!"
"Thank you Beth for sharing about your experience with organizing and expanding the memory cafe movement in the Boston Area.  The success of the Percolator (love that name) is so inspiring! Please keep us posted as the cafe network grows.  It is so h…"
Developing and maintaining memory café membership can be much more difficult than one would imagine.  Once people come to a café, they are usually hooked, but getting new members out for the first time can be the biggest challenge faced by organizer…