What is a dementia cafe?
What to expect
A dementia café is not the same as a memory clinic, where a formal assessment and diagnosis of dementia can be made.
Dementia cafés exist to provide information and support in a relaxed and informal environment. Cafés are run by skilled staff and supported by local volunteers who will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate sources of help for your needs.
Attending a café begins with a warm welcome and usually a cup of something to break the ice. There are often planned events on offer for those who wish to take part. These range from guest speakers (e.g. health professionals) to interesting taster activities such as painting or craft sessions, or themed reminiscence conversations (e.g. talking together about a favourite celebration) and the ever-popular chance to do some singing.
“Engaging with the dementia cafe bought enjoyment to my client living with dementia and his wife. The support they received from meeting others in a similar situation was beneficial to them both”
One of our Dementia Advisers
How do I find my nearest cafe?
Do I have to pay?
In most areas, dementia cafés are free to attend. Some groups may request a small contribution toward the cost of the refreshments on offer.
“Mum is very sociable, but boy, oh boy, was she on form yesterday! I haven’t heard her talk so much and so animated. When I took her home [after the memory café], thinking she would collapse into a heap exhuasted, she was chatting away”.
Julie, talking about her Mum, Terry.