Everything You Need to Know About Memory Cafés
Memory Cafés empower people with Dementia by offering a friendly place to gather with friends, sharing stories over a cuppa!
What is A Memory Café?
The concept of a 'memory café' first began in The Netherlands in the late 90's. Thanks to the support of Rotary International by 2008 the idea was then introduced to the UK and the U.S. The aim of a memory cafe is to offer a relaxed approach to Dementia care by providing a non-stigmatising environment for people to engage with others.
Benefits of Visiting A Memory Café
Memory cafés enable people with Dementia and their families to interact and engage in informal conversations with people who share similar circumstances.
Some other benefits of memory cafés include:
- Opportunity to engage with the local community
- Social interaction with others which can reduce loneliness, depression and feelings of isolation
- Involvement in creative, meaningful activities which improve health & well-being (i.e painting, live music, photo sharing)
- Stimulating educational activities (i.e writing, learning languages, puzzles)
- Often a community nurse or GP is available nearby if you require help or advice.
Memory Cafés near you
Memory cafés are usually located in existing coffee shops or restaurants however they may also be held in churches, libraries or museums. They are usually run on a regular basis whether it be weekly, monthly or every fortnight. You can even begin your own cafe session or volunteer to help support the group activities in established memory cafés.
If you are based in in England, Wales, or Nothern Ireland you can search the Memory Cafés Directory to find your nearest memory café and for people located in Scotland you can go to Alzheimer's Scotland.