Harlan Mueller, one of the spouses in our Alzheimer’s Support Group, has created and organized a social group and named it “The Memory Cafe”.
It is located at Panera Bread in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Our first get-together began around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. The support group leaders and Alzheimer’s Association staff set it up and joined us. They organized the tables and set up various games and activities.
Immediately as the group gathered, the buzz of conversation and laughter began. Keeping a calendar filled with social activity is good for one’s well being. It helps ward off loneliness and depression. It keeps one motivated to look your best, provides encouragement to participate in games, and challenges you to engage in conversation.
Activities such as the Memory Cafe keep your social graces intact and socializing is good for the soul and wards off depression and keeps you conversing, socializing and keeps your mind sharp.
My husband Dan stayed for the event. The two of us and another couple enjoyed it so much that we all stayed after the event was over and had dinner. I look forward to our next Memory Cafe in July.
Thank you for creating this activity for our support group, Harlan! And thanks to Panera Bread in Brookfield for providing a wonderful atmosphere for the Memory Cafe.
~ Barbara Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease ~