We would like to start a ‘Memory Cafe’ here in Wiveliscombe.
This Memory Café would be open to all people who may be experiencing memory loss, for whatever reason.
We initially see the café opening possibly twice a month at the Silver Street Centre, either as a ‘drop in’ or perhaps a more organised event / session.
What is a Memory Cafe?
A Memory Cafe is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s or any type of the dementias or other brain disorders.
Additionally, it is helpful for people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment.
How do memory cafés help with dementia care?
You might have heard about memory cafés but don’t know much about them. Memory cafés are a great place to go if you’re caring for a person with dementia,(or similar) if you’re worried about someone’s memory, or if you just want to meet other people who are affected by dementia.
Here’s what to might expect if you visit a memory café.
Three facts worth knowing
1. Memory cafés are usually held on a regular basis, either once a week, once a fortnight, once a month. Most are located in places that are easy to access, such as a community centre, a village hall, or a local hotel.
2. Tables are laid out ‘café style’ and tea, coffee and biscuits are served (you might be asked to make a donation).
3. Memory cafes are run by people (including volunteers) who have experience and training in dementia, so you should receive a warm welcome. If you want to have a chat or get some help or advice, a support team might be available. A memory café is not the same as a memory clinic where a formal diagnosis of dementia can be made.
Benefits of going to a memory café
You can both socialise and chat with other like-minded people, and curb feelings of loneliness and isolation.
For example, live music, sing-alongs, quizzes, painting, memory box work, massage etc
You can talk about personal issues that you might be worried about, with people who understand.