The Neighborhood Memory Café opened last week, and our tummies were filled with excited butterflies: the happy, flapping kind that really fly about, when you are stepping out in faith to serve in new ways! There is a lot of buzz about the Café, and what it’s all about. It may be more helpful to say what the Café is NOT. It is not a support group. It is not a guest lecturer. It is not a sales pitch or clinical trial. The Café IS: a happy, encouraging place. It is exclusively for people who are struggling with early to mid-stage memory loss, AND their spouse or care partner. It is a place of celebration and acceptance. It is place to look forward to visiting each month.
Every 3rd Thursday, the Café’s programming will feature a different topic. For the month of June, we celebrated “the good ol’ summertime”, and cut a chilled red Georgia watermelon, while reminiscing over a game of penny ante. For those not familiar with this card game, it is played in a round, with each person sharing their past accomplishments, feelings, and opinions, based on what question their card asks. We talked and laughed about everything from peanut butter to waking up early! It was a fun way to connect with each other, and learn how much we really had in common. Two people who had never met prior to the Café learned they once lived in the same small town!
The Neighborhood Memory Café is free to participants, but does rely on the generosity of community sponsors and individuals to help defray some of the programming and refreshment cost. If you have a talent or hobby you would like to share at the Café, please call Allison at 478-328-3800, x24. The Café also needs help reaching people who would enjoy the Café atmosphere. If you know of someone with early to mid-stage memory loss, please share this information with them.
The website for the Café is www.memorycafe.wix.com/memorycafe. The Café will meet from 2pm-3:30pm at Bare Bulb Coffee on Thursday, August 20, September 17, and October 15th. Bare Bulb Coffee is located at 1117 Highway 96, off Lake Joy Road, near Lowe’s, Goodwill, and the movie theatre.
July’s theme: Travel. Bring a souvenir from a favorite vacation, and let’s reminisce!
August’s theme: “Hope”. We’ll celebrate the end of summer with a special craft, and share Blessings and Bummers.
September’s theme: TBA.
See you there!