Rhode Island Memory Cafe’s

Rhode Island Memory Cafe’s

One of the most difficult parts of advancing neurodegenerative disorders, better known as dementia, is the isolation felt by the individual with the disease and their care partner.

Memory Cafés began in the Netherlands, by Dr. Bere Miesen, a Dutch psychiatrist. He introduced the Memory Café concept in 1997 as a way to break through the stigma associated with various forms of dementia. The concept spread throughout Europe, to Ireland and England, Australia and eventually to the United States. Today, hundreds of Memory Cafés take place on a regular basis in the US. Now, they are present in RI!

In 2018, Laurie Gunter Mantz, founder of Dementia Training for Life, LLC (a business specializing in training all healthcare professionals in the needs of those with dementia)  set a goal of opening six Memory Cafés throughout Rhode Island in 2018. June 21st,  2018 marked the ribbon cutting ceremony for the very 1st Memory Café of RI at Temple Beth-El, in Providence. In less than two years, Laurie has opened 9 additional Memory Cafe’s and formed the Rhode Island Memory Cafe 501c3 nonprofit. (You can find the dates, times and locations on the RI Elder Info events calendar keyword search “Memory Cafe”. As new Cafés are added, the locations and times will be available on this website.)

Memory Cafe’s are an opportunity for individuals with all forms of memory loss, and their care partners, to meet others with similar concerns, socialize, learn new skills and support each other as they travel their path with dementia. The significant impact on care partners, in regards to their health, socially and financially, is an additional hardship. Memory Cafés help to bridge that hardship with resources, skills, support and friendships. The number one goal at all Memory Cafés is to have fun! Cafés are free and open to anyone with dementia and their care partners.

Rhode Island is home to over 23,000 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease; only 1 of over 100 diseases that can cause dementia. There are thousands more with other forms of dementia as well as those not yet diagnosed. A Memory Café is a monthly gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their care partners, and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. The Café gives everyone a welcome break from the disease.

We are excited to have Laurie Gunter Mantz speaking on dementia of all types at our

Calling All Veterans Day taking place May 9th 8:30am-1pm at the URI Ryan Center.

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