It’s hard to keep relationships strong when you or your spouse has dementia. Friends and family may stay away because they don’t know how to interact with someone who has a progressive neurological disease. For many people with dementia due to Alzheimer’s, vascular disease, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal degeneration, or another related condition, loneliness becomes the second affliction they must confront.
To help families living with dementia stay connected, JF&CS has joined nearly 100 other pioneering organizations around the country to launch its Memory Café, which opened on Friday, March 7.
The Café does not focus on the disease. Guests are welcome to talk about it or not. Rather, the Café is carefully structured to promote the comfort and involvement of guests at all levels of disease progression – and then the focus is on having fun and being together.
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