Beginning Tuesday, March 3rd and continuing on the first Tuesday of every month, Advantage Home Care will host a Memory Café to support people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or related dementias. The meeting will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the company offices located at 550 Forest Avenue, Suite 206 in Portland. Attendees may park in the Social Security Parking lot behind the building on Ashmont Street. The building is handicapped accessible and has an elevator. Refreshments will be served. The meeting will be moderated by Richard Blumenthal, founder and President of the company.
“Memory Cafés are places where persons with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis can go with their care partners to just socialize and have fun with other people living with these illnesses. At a Memory Café people can relax and just be themselves, knowing that no one judges them and all who are there are going through similar challenges as they go through every day. A Memory Café has no real agenda or stated purpose except to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes the group may decide that it wants to have speakers or an educational component, or do special activities like go to museums or concerts. Each Memory Café around country is different: all are grass roots efforts designed to provide a positive experience for both the person with the illness and their caregiver.”
The first Memory Café opened in the Netherlands in 1997 and spread to the UK in 2000. The first café in the US started in 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.