The Northfield Senior Center is initiating a program for people who are dealing with dementia. The program, called “Memory Café,” is set up for people with dementia and their care givers, offering them an opportunity to gather with others who are dealing with similar issues. The first Memory Café will be held at the Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, on Wednesday, May 21, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. One of the Senior Center’s staff, Michelle Remold, will serve as the facilitator for the group.
The Center’s Memory Café is modeled after a successful program begun about three years ago in the Twin Cities area by Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks. A Memory Café is a gathering where those with memory loss and their companions can come together in a supportive environment. Memory Cafés help to unite people with similar challenges, create an opportunity to give and receive a deeper level of support, be a source of ideas and information, and is just like getting together with a group of friends. Speaking of the toll dementia takes, La Bey commented, “In the beginning, it’s the worst club in the world to belong to because people don’t even know what they don’t know. The Memory Café is one way to help normalize it and remove that fear and isolation and just learn to be together again.”