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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.


A Brighter Day Memory Cafe holding final Sunday session on March 18, then moves to new day and location in April
By Douglas Flynn / March 15, 2018

A Brighter Day Memory Cafe will hold its final meeting at Heritage at Framingham on Sunday, March 18 before moving to a new day and location in April.

The Cafe will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday, with a singalong with Larry Wolpe at Heritage (747 Water Street, Framingham, MA). That session will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In April, the Cafe will move to Temple Beth Am (300 Pleasant Street, Framingham, MA) and will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. That session will feature the healing and relaxing art of Reiki.

Going forward, the Cafe will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am. To learn more about the Cafe or reserve a free spot, please call Karen Block at 508-875-3100 x400 or email kblock@jfsmw.org

The Cafe is presented by JFS of MetroWest, with co-sponsors Heritage at Framingham and the Callahan Center. Right at Home is also a special sponsor for the March session, while Home Helpers is a special sponsor for April.

Memory cafes are a unique resource for caregivers and the loved ones they are caring for who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. These cafes offer an opportunity for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia a chance to get some needed relief while still spending time with your loved one and other caregivers in a relaxed and welcoming setting. 

The cafes encourage socialization with other caregivers and loved ones where you can just be yourself. They provide an opportunity to get out with your loved one and have an enjoyable morning or afternoon.  Unlike support groups that are strictly for caregivers or adult day programs just for the care recipient, memory cafes offer a chance for both the caregiver and care recipient to get needed respite and socialization while remaining together.

For a complete listing of the growing number of memory cafes in MetroWest, see our memory cafe listings in our resource section.



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