The Memory Café, a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones with dementia can socialize, offer mutual support, exchange information, and combat the isolation and stigma often associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementia (ADRD).
The New Town Community in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic Florida hosts monthly Memory Cafés to help meet the growing needs of the New Town community. Under direction of community members, Robert Gordon and Catherine Powell, the sessions are held on the first Saturday of each month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., free of charge.
Locations may vary, but since the Memory Café’s began in January, they have been held at the Dallas Graham Library on Myrtle Avenue. Each month, the coordinators host a different theme along with activities for the caregivers and those they provide care for to enjoy.
According to the Mayo clinic fact sheet: Over 1 million African Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly 3 million will have it by the year 2050; African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasian Americans; Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death among older Americans, but the 4th leading cause of death in older African Americans and African Americans are less likely to seek medical help when symptoms of memory loss first appear, limiting the effectiveness of available therapies and delaying the detection of possible reversible causes of memory loss.
For locations and more Alzheimer activities, visit https://dementiaoutreach.mayo.edu/calendar or inside the tbi-monthly newsletter, The Dementia Connection, distributed throughout the New Town community. Shown are seniors exercising their cognitive memory brain skills.