In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article features our local Act on Alzheimer’s Memory Cafés. 

During the holiday season loneliness and sense of loss can be especially hard to manage. A Memory Café may be the perfect remedy you have been seeking. 

What is a Memory Café you ask? A Memory Café is a welcoming place, a safe space where friendships are formed. Caregivers find support where they can share concerns and have their questions answered. This is a place where people experiencing memory loss are supported, can interact with others in a social setting that is relaxed and free of judgment. 

It is a time where people (both individuals with memory loss and their care partners) can socialize and celebrate life over a hot cup of coffee and refreshments. There is happy conversation, laughter and a sense of fun that is best described as “dignified playfulness.” 

“A Memory Café is a place where people with dementia and their care partners gather to participate in a welcoming social setting with others in similar circumstances,” says Vicki Ostrom, Memory Café Facilitator, with ACT on Alzheimer’s. 

Local memory cafés available

There are currently two cafés in our area.

The Isanti Memory Café meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Spirit River Community Center, 1321 Heritage Blvd., Isanti.  

The Cambridge Memory Café meets the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at SACs Enrichment Center, 140 Buchanan Street N, Suite 164, Cambridge (in the City Center Mall).  

You are welcome to attend one or both if you’d like. Each café is a little different. You will find a warm and inviting atmosphere. You and the person you care for will have a wonderful time. 

For more resources and guidance in caring for someone with dementia, contact Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant, at 651-257-7905 or email jaynem@familypathways.org.

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