Memory loss is a lonely and frightening reality for not only the individual but for their care partners. Fear of making a mistake, overwhelmed with social obligations that once were easy--individuals with memory loss end up with a shrinking social life. A diagnosis of dementia comes with a stigma that perpetuates isolation. Arden Courts has over 20 years of experience caring for caregivers and loved ones’ with a memory loss diagnosis. So stigma and shrinking social support have been on our radar for a long time. That is why Arden Courts sponsors support groups and seminars to provide caregivers with the best in research to our community.
More recently we have embraced and offer memory cafes in several of our communities. Memory cafes started in the Netherlands as an anecdote to the loneliness of living with dementia. A Minnesota couple brought the memory café concept to US after reading about them in England. Having studied the research on thriving with a dementia diagnosis, the couple realized how important social support is and sought ways to connect with living with dementia. Memory cafes have a variety of structures, many are social as well as educational. All of Arden Courts Memory Cafes focus on giving you an opportunity to be with like-minded individuals walking a similar path with experts as guides.
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By-line: Cate McCarty, PhD, ADC has been collaborating with Arden Courts in a variety of roles since the late 90’s. Her background in nursing, activities and admissions has given her a passionate commitment to quality of life for the individual and family with dementia.
Neighborhood Memory Café Toolkit, 2012, Third Age Services, http://www.thirdageservices.com/Memory%20Cafe%20Tool%20Kit.pdf