Happy Anniversary to the Memory Cafe
Monday, September 24, 2018
The Memory Cafe is having its first anniversary! The Cafe meets at SACs on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Its purpose is to create a place where people with dementia and their care partners can gather to participate in a welcoming social setting with others in similar circumstances on a monthly basis. It is a safe, supportive place to have fun together!
The first Memory Cafe was started in 1997 in Holland. This model has spread across many countries, including the U.S. The first Memory Cafe in the U.S. was held in Sante Fe in 2008. Later that same year, Arthur’s Memory Cafe was started in Roseville. 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050 this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.
The goal of developing a Memory Cafe in Cambridge was initiated by the Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s, an initiative comprised of professionals and volunteers working together to make certain those with dementia and their caregivers live well in our community. It has accomplished numerous things to make Cambridge a dementia-friendly community. The East Central Energy Operation Round-up Grant provided start-up funds for the Memory Cafe.