Do you have a loved one, family member, friend, neighbor...having difficulty with memory? Our family does.
This past June, Belle Plaine's Dementia Awareness Alliance (DAA) hosted its first Memory Café as part of a larger effort to make our community dementia friendly. The Memory Café is a safe, comfortable and engaging environment for those with memory loss and their caregivers/family members/friends.
It's so important to have a place where individuals living with memory loss, and their family members/friends/caregivers can come and feel at ease, an environment where members can talk, share, ask questions, discuss, express themselves and feel respected, valued and safe.
What a difference this has made for our family! Our loved one joins in conversations, reminisces, tells life stories we have not heard before, laughs, listens to others...and afterwards, tells us "that was great, lets go there again."
Our family knew this would be beneficial for our loved one, but it turns out it has been great for all of us and a true blessing!
Do yourself, your loved one, family member, friend...the favor, honor, blessing of attending the Memory Café, it changes lives.
The Memory Café meets every third Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am in the Rose Room at the Belle Plaine library.
NOTE: The Dementia Awareness Alliance (DAA) is a community partnership based in Belle Plaine and driven by those living with dementia, community members, and local businesses. Its mission is to increase the community's knowledge of dementia by building community partnerships, increasing education and raising awareness. Belle Plaine's Dementia Awareness Alliance meets the third Thursday of the month from 12-1 p.m. at Kingsway Retirement Living. For more information about the Alliance or to get involved, contact DAA President Mark Johnson at 952-873-6492 or prmark@frontiernet.net
Grateful family members,
Sarah Beckius
and Michele Eiden