Why is there a need for an Alzheimer's Cafe?
The Alzheimer’s Café is a simple concept with a meaningful
impact. The Alzheimer’s Café concept began in the Netherlands in 1990.
Today there are over 60 in the Netherlands, more than 20 in England, and
they have spread to Spain, Italy, Belgium and Canada. They are held in a
wide range of settings, including theatres, pubs, museums, historic
buildings, schools, and restaurants. Sante Fe New Mexico launched the
first Alzheimer’s Café in the United States in 2008; today there are
more than 10 in the U.S.
diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease people often become homebound due to
embarrassment or fear. It soon becomes difficult to get people with
Alzheimer’s to go out in public, social interactions decline markedly
and the result is increased isolation and accelerated mental decline.
There is considerable social stigma associated with dementia. Even
sympathetic people may not be sure how to act around those with
Alzheimer’s. Because those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers
often find themselves feeling depressed and self-conscious, having a
place where they can go out together to be with others in a purely
social, non-judgmental setting would be very beneficial. A community of
others in the same situation can provide a welcome opportunity to go
out, socialize and be yourself . . . relax, be comfortable.
This is why Bright
Horizons, in consultation with the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern
New York Chapter, has launched the first Alzheimer’s Café in the Capital
Who is the Alzheimer's cafe for?
What happens at the Alzheimer's Cafe?
What is the impact on families?
Alzheimer's Cafe in the news . . .