Memory Cafes are coming to the Us
This means more and more caregivers seeking help for family members or loved ones who suffer sleepless nights, problems dressing themselves, or simply wandering away when no one is watching.
Not to mention the aggression or anger that sometimes occur as behavior and personality change with declining cognition.
Throughout Great Britain and a few other countries there are Memory Cafes to help with the need for comraderie and fellowship for those suffering memory-loss as well as their loved ones and caregivers.
For the caregiver as well as the person with memory-loss, the Memory Cafe is a place to “vent” when the stress becomes overwhelming. A place to “share” when they’re having a good day. They have a community/forum where they can meet together without fear of discrimination and share all they have in common openly.
Among the first Memory Cafes opening in the U.S. is:
J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe in Roseville, Minnesota. See their schedule to the left. If you’re in that area, Check them out!
John T. McFadden, author, “Aging Together” said, “Memory Cafes are, first and foremost, a setting in which persons with memory loss can share fun and laughter with their care partners and friends in a setting free from awkwardness and stigma. But they are also a setting where accurate information about resources is available and relationships with persons in similar circumstances are formed. And they are a vehicle for bringing dementia “out of the closet” and into the heart of community.”
John and his wife, Susan H. McFadden, co-authors, “Aging Together,” have visited many of the Memory Cafes in Great Britain and bring that information to the public through their blog of the same name. “Aging Together.”