Memory Cafe started in the Netherlands and it was originally called Alzheimer’s Café. It came to the UK in 2000 and the United States in 2008. The café is a safe place where families and their loved ones with dementia can come to socialize and have lunch. They find themselves being able to laugh, find support, establish friendships, explore projects find resources, and being able to speak without being misunderstood. The key points of Memory Café are Acceptance and Love.
KC Ryerson brought Memory Café to the Washington County Market in May of 2013. The Memory Café is normally held on the 4th Thursday of each month at Noon in the meeting room in Always Ron’s Restaurant on 29 N Burhans Blvd in Hagerstown.
Caregivers can be so stressed and eventually can be committed to 24 hour care-giving with interrupted sleep. During memory café they are allowed to be a daughter, son, sister, or friend again. They are at the café to find friends and companionship. It is hard for the average caregiver to find help, because he/she cannot leave the family member with dementia alone. When they have the opportunity to bring them, it gives them a sense of peace.
Memory Cafe in the News:
- See the Memory Cafe news article posted in the Herald-mail : http://articles.herald-mail.com/2013-06-07/lifestyle/39855539_1_memory-loss-cathy-hanson-memory-cafe
- See the Memory Cafe feature on WJAL TV: Click here