This program is a social program that involved persons with dementia their families, and others from the general public who are interested in learning about dementia. The program occurs monthly, and the goal is socialization with an educational component. The Café includes a presentation on a different topic each month, followed by entertainment and refreshments. This program is geared towards people of all ages, and along all stages of the dementia journey.
What you’ll find at the Café:
How it all started:
The café concept began in the UK in 1997 and offered peer support and provided regular and informal sessions for people with dementia and their caregivers. It was a means of providing education and support services for those living with dementia, their loved ones and caregivers.
It began to make its way across Europe and to North America. The Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick has now made it a priority to offer Memory Cafés in communities across our province to those families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
To support the educational, emotional and socialization needs of the attendees on a monthly basis.
To encourage the building of natural support networks among families and in turn helping reduce the isolation often associated with caregiving.
To offer a stigma free program for all those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
The mission of the Memory Café is to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness. No matter what stage of the disease, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, their families, health care professional, and the general public are all invited to join and contribute to this program.
Exciting Volunteer Opportunity
Do you have 4-5 hours per month to become a Memory Café Committee Member?
The Alzheimer Society is seeking a group of people interested in being on a planning committee for the Memory Café. Being a member of the Memory Café Committee will provide you with an opportunity to collaborate with the Alzheimer Society in the planning and execution of this event.
There are many opportunities for everyone to get involved such as:
- Helping serve refreshments and taking photos of the event
- Creating a friendly environment for all attendees
- Talking and listening to people with dementia and their caregivers in a sensitive and supportive way
- Joining in with social activities that benefit the individual
- Help to promote the café through community boards, posters, word-of-mouth, etc.
- Attend regular planning committee meetings
- Help find appropriate guest speakers and entertainment as needed
For more information or to get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-664-8411 We are hoping to launch additional Memory Cafés in Campbellton, Shippagan, and in any other interested communities!