Online Buzz: Alzheimer's Cafes Are Havens of Comfort and Aid

The wildly popular 1980s "Cheers" television sitcom is well-known for its "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" theme song. Today, the people who attend the increasingly popular Alzheimer's Café or Memory Café understand the friendliness and familiarity of meeting face to face with folks in similar situations. Each café is a safe, relaxed place where people with Alzheimer's and other cognitive issues come together with their caregivers and family members for support and education.

The Alzheimer's Café is the brainchild of Dutch psychiatrist Bere Miesen. He introduced the concept in 1997 in a Netherlands café. The informal gatherings are now taking place around the globe, benefiting attendees from patients and family caregivers to nurses and clergy. Many of the cafés are a unique blend of social interaction, mutual understanding and updates on memory brain disorders, while others focus on mainly the conversational camaraderie of fellow dementia sojourners.

Learn more about the Alzheimer's Café movement in the Right at Home Blog, where you will always find the latest information about caregiving and home care.


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