What is a Memory Café?
One of the most difficult parts of advancing neurocognitive disorders, better known as dementia, is the isolation felt by the individual with the disease and their care partner.
A Memory Café is an opportunity for individuals with all forms of memory loss, and their care partners, to meet others with similar concerns, socialize, learn new skills and support each other as they travel their path with dementia. The significant impact of providing care on care partners, in regard to their health, socially and financially, is an additional hardship. Memory Cafés help to bridge that hardship with resources, skills, support and friendships. The number one goal at all Memory Cafés is to have fun! Cafés are free and open to anyone with dementia, their care partners, family and friends.
Statistics show that:
- 1 out of 10 individuals over the age of 65 is currently living with some form of dementia.
- 1 out of 2 individuals over the age of 85 has dementia.
- 5.5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, only 1 form of dementia. (There are over 100 causes of dementia)
- A new case of Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed every 66 seconds.
- By 2050 the number of individuals diagnosed is projected to TRIPLE.
- As of January 1st, 2011 more than 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the age of 65 every single day! And that will continue for 20 years.
Learn more about MemoryCafés and how to start one in your community at Dementia Training for Life.