What is a Milwaukee County Partnership Memory Café?
Memory Cafés are places where persons with memory loss can share fun and laughter with their care partners and friends in a setting free from awkwardness and stigma. They are designed to make quality of life measurably better by easing the fear and isolation associated with dementia.
Partnership Cafés must:
· Be in the community. An everyday place that a person would have frequented before they were diagnosed. (ie. coffee shop, restaurant, pub, etc.)
- Include the partners. Milwaukee County Department on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Milwaukee Public Museum Spark Program will assist with coordination of activities at the Memory Café.
· Allow staff training. All Café staff will receive Dementia Friendly/Dementia Capable training provided by Milwaukee County Dementia Care Specialist and the Alzheimer’s Association.
· Provide a safe and comfortable area. The meeting area will be reviewed and approved by the Milwaukee County Dementia Care Specialist and/or the partner organizations (ex. area that can be designated for a private party, ability to adjust lighting or music at the request of the group, etc.)
· Receive support from local government and community leaders. An agreement will be made with local government officials and community leaders to support the establishment of a Milwaukee County Partnership Memory Café in their community.
· Designate a dedicated community volunteer. The volunteer will assist in taking RSVP’s for meetings, collect feedback, and attend all meetings. A consistent community volunteer is an integral key component at all Café gatherings.
· Not be viewed as a Support Group. The Partnership Memory Café’s are provided as a means of social interaction.
FOR A LISTING OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY MEMORY CAFES AND WHEN THEY MEET CLICK HERE.