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Launching a Memory Café

Memory CafĂ©s are meetings where people with a diagnosis of dementia (with and without IDD) and their care partners come together and enjoy a variety of activities. Memory CafĂ©s can ease feelings of isolation and offer support and community to participants and their loved ones. The video and accompanying slides offer an overview of what a Memory CafĂ© is, how to start one, and other information.

The Gary Glazner video is an example of call and response poetry during a Memory Café.

This informational series on Memory Cafés is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, and CDDER.

Presentation Slides: Launching A Memory Cafe (PDF)

Presentation Slides: Alzheimer’s Poetry Project  (PDF)

All documents mentioned in the video above can be found in the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Memory CafĂ© toolkit. This free Memory CafĂ© Toolkit provides step-by-step instructions to help you launch and sustain a memory cafĂ© as well as templates you can download and adapt to fit your own program.