In 1997, Dutch psychiatrist Bere Miesen introduced the idea of a place where those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their caregivers can mingle in a comfortable and fun environment – a Memory Cafe. This concept spread throughout Europe and successfully made its way to the U.S. in 2008.
What is a Memory Café?
A Memory Café is a casual gathering designed exclusively for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Memory Café is held in a private room and is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment. The Memory Café encourages laughter, support and even the sharing of concerns—all without the feeling of being embarrassed or misunderstood.
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network hosts free monthly Memory Cafes in three locations:
- Where: Somma Pizza, 380 Route 909, Verona, PA 15147 (private area)
- When: Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
- Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm
- Where: Eat’n Park, 320 Oak Spring Road, Washington, PA 15301 (reserved room)
- When: Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month
- Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
- Where: Wayside Presbyterian Church, 1208 Asbury Road, Erie PA 16505
- When: Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
- Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Open to the public, no RSVP required – just pop on in! Snacks provided. For more information, visit www.SrCare.org/cafe.
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network offers a continuum of person-centered living options for older adults. To learn more, visit www.SrCare.org or call 877-851-1440.