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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:

Apple Cafe
Location: Northborough Free Library
34 Main Street
Northborough, MA 
Time: Second Monday of month, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Note: Lunch will be served along with entertainment and activities.
Contact: For more information, call Carol Marie DeRienzo at 774-258-2456 or email carol@solacern.com.

A Brighter Day Memory Cafe
Location: Callahan Center
535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Third Thursday of month, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Contact: Call Karen Block of JFS of MetroWest at 508-875-3100, x400 or email kblock@jfsmw.org.

The Comfort Food Caring Cafe
Sudbury Senior Center
40 Fairbank Road
Sudbury, MA
Fourth Monday of each month, 12-2 p.m.
Call Tammy Pozerycki at 508-335-1968

Create a Better Day Cafe
 Pleasantries Adult Day and Consulting Services
195 Reservoir Street
Marlborough, MA
 Fourth Sunday of the month, 1-3 p.m.
 Call Tammy Pozerycki at 508-335-1968 or tammy@pleasantriesads.com

Good Day Memory Cafe
 Shrewsbury Public Library
609 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Time: First and third Fridays of each month, 2-4 p.m.
Contact: Call Priya Rathnum at 508-841-8531
Note: No registration needed, just drop in.

Lincoln Memory Cafe
 The Commons in Lincoln
1 Harvest Circle
Lincoln, MA 01773
Time: Fourth Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Amy Gagne at 978-505-3779 | amy@rightathomecare.com

Lovely Linda's Lunches
The Red Raven Restaurant
3 Nagog Park
Acton, MA 01720
Time: First Saturday of each month, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Contact: RSVPs requested but not required; call Jenifer Apazidis at 978-274-2231
Note: Cafe will not be held in July and August, will resume normal schedule in September, 2018.

Memory Lane Cafe
Shrewsbury Senior Center
98 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA
Time: Second and fourth Fridays of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Contact: Call Merrie Gerber at 508-841-8640

Needham Memory Cafe
 Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA
Time: Second Wednesday of each month, 1- 2 p.m.
Contact: For more information, call 781-444-2266.

Our Time Memory Cafe
Hopkinton Public Library
13 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Time: Second Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m.
Contact: Call Pat Srodawa at 508-497-0108

Sunshine Cafe
Location: Westborough Senior Center
4 Rogers Road
Westborough, MA
Time: First Wednesday of each month, 1:30-3 p.m.
Contact: Call Alma DeManche at 508-366-3000

Time Out Cafe
Location: Welly's Restaurant
153 Main Street
Marlborough, MA
Time: Third Sunday of each month, 1-3 p.m. 
Contact: For more information, call Trish Pope at 508-485-6492 or visit
Note: Cafe will not meet in July and August, but will resume in September, 2018 and then meet monthly.

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 ddfoley@eswa.org.

Looking for other memory cafes? Jewish Family & Children's Service has a Directory of Memory Cafes in Massachusetts.

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