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The Town of Lincoln opens a new Memory Café - Join the Open House January 24, 2019
By DebraMcDonagh / January 15, 2019
A new memory cafe opening in the MetroWest area is the Lincoln Memory Café. The café will which will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month from – 9:30 to 11:00 am at The Commons in Lincoln, located at 1 Harvest Circle, Lincoln, MA. The cost is free, and though reservations are not required, they are appreciated so that there are enough snacks to go around. The café will offer Conversation, snacks and creative arts. 

An open house for the Lincoln memory Café is being held on January 24, 2019, from 9:30 – 11:00 am with snacks provided. To join the open house and learn more about this program, please RSVP by calling the Lincoln Council on Aging at 781-259-8811.  

The Lincoln Memory Café: 
Location: The Commons in Lincoln: 1 Harvest Circle
Questions: Amy Gagne 978-505-3779 | amy@rightathomecare.com
Cost: Free
Reservations: not required but appreciated
Open to: Those living with memory loss, their care partners, family, and friends

What is a Memory Café?
Memory Cafes provide a place for caregivers and the loved ones they are caring for who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia to get out with your loved one and have an enjoyable morning or afternoon. 

For the person with memory loss, a guided conversation can tend to focus on topics that encourage them to reminisce about their past and activities are structured so that humor can be a central part of the enjoyment. 

For the caregiver, a memory café is a relaxed social setting where they can get some needed relief and a change of scenery; a chance to interact with other caregivers with similar responsibilities and a place where they can enjoy time with the person under their care. 

Unlike support groups that are strictly for caregivers or adult day programs that are just for the care recipient, memory cafes offer a chance for both the caregiver and care recipient to socialize while remaining together.

Who would benefit from visiting a Memory Cafe?
Those living with memory loss and their care partners, family, and friends are encouraged to visit a memory café. It is a safe and welcoming environment in which you and your loved one can relax, enjoy refreshments, join in the conversation, and share a few laughs within a supportive environment filled with others who understand. 

What activities are offered at a Memory Café?
Each memory café is unique, but activities can include refreshments, creative arts, entertainment or special guests. However, the common link with all memory cafes is to offer a place where caregivers and their loved ones can enjoy the company of those with similar things in common.

Memory cafes are rapidly becoming available in more places. For a full list in the MetroWest area, please view our resource guide on CareGiverMetroWest.org  



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