Connecting with other people is a great way to express your feelings, relieve tension, make new friends and stay mentally engaged. Social interaction is especially important when dealing with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Louisville and a number of other cities in the united states have started programs called Memory Cafe’s. These workshops meet once a month to create a social environment for people with memory problems and their caregivers. At these monthly hangouts participants get to play memory stimulating games, watch historic speeches and enjoy a meal. Each month has a different theme that seeks to call on memories from each individuals past.
It is important for anyone that has to deal with the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s to have the kind of understanding and support that comes with the group setting that Memory Cafe offers.
The group also allows some time for Caregivers to relax or to participate and enjoy a meal.
Recently WFPL did a report on Louisville’s Memory Cafe and interviewed a few of the current participants. An excellent point made by one of the gentlemen visiting that month is that participants are surrounded by people that are dealing with the same issues.
Get involved with Louisville’s community of folks living with Alzheimer’s. It’s an opportunity to enrich your brain, meet friends and have fun.
Interested in joining the monthly meet up?
The group meets the last Monday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, Ky.
For more information please visit the University of Louisville School of Nursing website: