Memory Cafes meet every fourth Thursday

Often persons living with Alzheimer’s disease become isolated. Going out to see friends or socializing becomes daunting. But since personal interaction is a healthy way to keep the disease at bay, the Alzheimer’s Association provides Memory Cafés to offer a solution.

Persons with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, their caregivers and family members are invited to monthly Memory Cafés held the fourth Thursday of the month at the Fond du Lac Public Library; the series will kick off at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 26, in the Mid-States meeting room. The programs are free; no registration required.

The relaxed gatherings are a time to share stories, laugh and share concerns without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood with others experiencing similar life changes. Each month features a new theme:

Jan 26: Moments of joy. Using the method and message of Jolene Brackey’s best-selling book, “Creating Moments of Joy,” share and create fun, simple ways to bring joy and hope into each day. The list is endless.

Feb 23: Anniversaries, birthdays and celebrations. Celebrate years, gifts, one another and our shared journey. Why wait for one special day? There are plenty of wild, wonderful and wacky days spread throughout the year.

Mar 23: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Remember Fred Astaire singing, “You like potato, I like potahto. You like tomato, I like tomahto?” Play word games, brainstorm by mixing and matching and making up new words.

Apr 27: Games, puzzles and trivia. Regular cognitive activity can lead to improvements in everyday mental abilities. The resources are endless. Play a few; take away many.

May 25: Birds and bugs; bees and butterflies. How about a little ornithology, entomology, apiology or lepidoptera? No worries, there is nothing scientific about it, just an enjoyable time to delight in the sights and sounds of Mother Nature.

Jun 22: Creative engagement. What is it about the sounds of certain music, the smell of cinnamon, the sight of grandchildren and the touch of a hand that triggers thoughts hidden away? We’ll tap into our senses to spur creative engagement and unlock earlier days.

Memory Cafés are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association; Legacies: Family and Organizational Historians; and the Fond du Lac Public Library. For more information about Memory Cafés or Alzheimer's disease, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

 

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