There’s a new café in Presque Isle; but it’s not your typical coffee shop. Today was the first day the Memory café program was held at the Aroostook Agency on Aging.
Long term care Director at the Aroostook Agency on Aging Sharon Berz says, “The cafes are designed for people that have memory issues, and it doesn’t matter what the diagnosis is.”
There are at least 15 different types of dementia on the memory loss spectrum, the primary one is Alzheimer’s. A special Memory Cafe program has been designed specifically for people with cognitive impairments.
Long term care Director at the Aroostook Agency on Aging Sharon Berz says, “People that have memory loss can get together with other people that have memory loss they can talk about some of the concerns that they have or just sit down and chat about the normal things in life without feeling like they’re impaired.”
The Memory café will be held at the Gathering Place in the Aroostook Agency on Aging the 3rd Friday of every month from 10:30 am to noon. Ken says it’s an opportunity to open discussion among people that struggle with memory loss symptoms.
Founder of Memory Works Kenneth Capron says, “Stimulating the mind is really critical especially early on with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Nationwide there’s about 5 million people with some form of dementia.”
The cafe program has been made possible by “Memory Works,” that’s already initiated several Memory Cafes throughout the state. This one though, is the first one in the County.
Founder of Memory Works Kenneth Capron says, “There’s a primary group who are in their 60′s to 70′s and up, but we’re finding a lot more people who are actually getting what’s called early on set dementia early onset Alzheimer’s in their 50′s, some even in their 40′s.”
There are also plans to bring the Memory café program to the Whole Potato in Presque Isle the 4th Wednesday of every month as well.