Aging has its benefits and downsides, and there are a lot of resources out there for aging Americans. However, one concern on most people’s minds as they retire and become senior citizens is whether or not they are susceptible to Dementia and Alzheimer’s. That concern isn’t unfounded either: currently, nearly 55 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with Dementia, and every year about 500,000 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the US.
The strain on loved ones who also act as caretakers for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming, which makes the rise in programs like Memory Cafes an amazing and creative blessing for everyone with Dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their loved ones.
What are Memory Cafes?
According to the Memory Cafe Directory, Memory Cafes are a “welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or any other form of dementia, or other brain disorders.” Each cafe has a different focus, hosts a variety of activities and events, and includes loved ones in different ways.
The idea of the Memory Cafe began in Europe when Dr. Bere Miesen when he wanted to break the stigma surrounding these diseases. He realized that, without the proper resources and programs, Dementia patients and their caregivers were struggling. Eventually, the idea of the memory cafe caught on and spread throughout Europe and America.
Memory cafes are not meant to be drop-off care programs. Instead, they encourage socializing and positive interactions between those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and their loved ones and caretakers. These Memory Cafes are great for anyone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s to socialize and get to know others with the same condition, participate in crafts, dances, meaningful conversations, educational opportunities, and more in a safe environment catered specifically to memory care.
Find A Local Memory Cafe
The Memory Cafe Directory is the resource for finding a local Memory Cafe. Head over to their website to learn more and browse their directory to find the closest one. They even offer support if you would like to start your own Memory Cafe if there isn’t already one in your area.
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