to the Best Idea yet in Dementia Care
An Alzheimer’s, dementia or memory café is a very “simple” idea: A monthly gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their caregivers, and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. The cafe gives everyone a welcome break from the disease.
When there’s Alzheimer’s or another dementia in the family, the disorder is a constant presence. Being out in public grows increasingly more stressful and yet it’s important for people to feel part of their communities as long as possible. The café provides a respite in a judgment-free space with others who understand and share feelings.
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Dr. Bere Miesen initiated this worldwide movement in 1997 when he started an Alzheimer’s Cafe in The Netherlands to provide a safe space for his clients and their families. The Alzheimer’s Cafes are now considered as normal a public space as libraries.
Dr Jytte Fogh Lokvig introduced the concept in the United States in 2008 with her cafe in Santa Fe, NM. Dr Lokvig is a nationally recognized Alzheimer’s specialist with expertise in communication, effective approaches, and creative caregiving with more than a quarter century of experience working with people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.