What Is a Memory Café?

Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 19th of September 2018.

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If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with dementia, then you may have started to become aware of the term ‘Memory Café’ but are unsure what one of these actually entails?

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Generally held on either a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, memory cafes have become increasingly popular in recent years as they offer a safe and secure space for people with dementia, and their carers, to visit. They are generally held in easily accessible locations, such as a local community centre or a village hall, and are set up much like a café, with large tables, and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits.

For people with dementia, they provide a place where they can meet other people with dementia, share a cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat. This helps people to socialise, reducing feelings of loneliness and depression that can often be associated with a dementia diagnosis. Many memory cafes will also put on activities and games for adults with dementia. This can include jigsaws, painting classes, sing-alongs and massage sessions, all designed to aid interaction, relaxation and prevent boredom.

However, memory cafes are also a fantastic resource for carers of people with dementia too. Carers can meet like-minded people who are experiencing the same issues as them. They can share and receive tips, advice and support, alongside providing them with a welcomed change of environment where they can interact with their loved one in the company of others.

Memory cafes  may often have a community nurse on hand, who would be able to offer professional advice, as well as pointing people in the direction of further support if more complex medical advice and is required .

To find where your local memory café is located, take a look here.