Memory and Alzhemer's Cafés
Support Groups with a Social Twist
The challenges of living with memory loss can sever social connection at a time when it is needed most. Memory and Alzheimer's café gatherings are one way people with memory loss and their care companions are coming together to make new friendships and support one another.
"Lori, this very nice to see. The concept started as an Alzheimer Cafe in the Netherlands in 1997 and was so successful over there that there are now 200 of these meetings throughout the country (with a population of 16 million)! From there it went to England, Belgium, France, Sweden and recently even Indonesia." Marc Wortmann, Excutive Director of Alzheimer's Disease International.
Dr. Bère Miesen, a Dutch psychologist, understood this need for social connection when he opened the first such café in Holland. The idea is now gaining traction in the US, where close to 100 cafés have opened in cities and towns across the nation. But we hope there will be many more, and soon, because they seem to filling a significant unmet need.
Members Talk Honestly About What They Get Out Of Their Memory Cafe Gatherings
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Of Their Memory Cafe Gatheringshttp://alzheimersspeaks.com/memory-a-alzheimers-cafes#sthash.YP6tlyey.dpuf
Members From Arthur's Memory Cafe in Roseville, Mninesota.
Article On Arthur's Memory Cafe - January 23rd, 2013 by Gail Rosenblum of the Star Tribune
Memory Cafes Offer Couples Dealing With Dementia A Social Connection - Pioneer Press - March 14th, 2014
Arthur's Memory Cafe Opened Oct 26th, 2011.
We now have two groups and will be spliting into three groups in April of 2014.