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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. Fortunately, they are also becoming available in more places, especially for caregivers in MetroWest.
There are a number of memory cafes in the area, including cafes in Marlborough, Sudbury, Franklin, Shrewsbury and Worcester that offer a variety of different days and times for caregivers to take advantage of their offerings.
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. It provides 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 the caregiver and care recipient to get needed respite and socialization while remaining together.
Pleasantries owner and director Tammy Pozerycki, MA, CADDCT, CDP, who opened the first memory cafe in the region with the Create A Better Day Cafe in Marlborough, describes the Cafe as “a time to step out of the daily routine, leave the disease at the door, and enjoy a positive experience in a supportive environment. The afternoon will consist of entertainment, conversation, music, arts, games, refreshments, and most importantly, laughter.”
Note: Scheduling of memory cafes is subject to change. Please call to confirm time, location and space availability before attending.
Memory Cafes in MetroWest:
Location: Northborough Free Library
34 Main Street
Time: First Wednesday of month, 2-4 p.m. (First meeting is May 3, 2017)
Contact: For more information, call Carol Marie DeRienzo at 774-285-2456 or email email@example.com.
A Brighter Day Brunch Cafe
Location: Heritage at Framingham
747 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Time: Third Sunday of month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: Call Deanna at 508-665-5370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Comfort Food Caring Cafe
Location: Sudbury Senior Center
40 Fairbank Road
Time: Fourth Monday of each month, 12-2 p.m.
Contact: Anne Manning, LMHC; RSVP by calling 978-443-3055
Create a Better Day Cafe
Location: Pleasantries Adult Day and Consulting Services
195 Reservoir Street
Time: Fourth Sunday of the month, 1-3 p.m.
Contact: Tammy Pozerycki, 508-481-0809 or email@example.com
Franklin Senior Center Memory Cafe
Location: Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Time: Third Thursday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
Contact: Elaine Owens, Respite Supervisor 508-520-4945.
Good Day Memory Cafe
Location: Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Time: First and third Fridays of each month, 2-4 p.m.
Note: No registration needed, just drop in.
Memory Cafe of Needham
Location: Avita of Needham
880 Greendale Avenue
Time: Second Wednesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: RSVP requested but not required. Contact Kim Foley at 781-444-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tapestry Cafe
Location: Whitney Place
3 Vision Drive
Time: Third Wednesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: RSVP required. Contact Mary Nelson at 508-655-500 or email@example.com.
Worcester Memory Cafe
Location: Worcester Senior Center
128 Providence Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Time: Third Tuesday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m.
Contact: Deb Dowd-Foley at Elder Services of Worcester Area at 508-756-1545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for other memory cafes? Jewish Family & Children's Service has a Directory of Memory Cafes in Massachusetts.