What is an Alzheimer Café?

How it all started

The Alzheimer Café opened on 20 September 2000 in the UK and is a near duplicate of Dr Bere Miesen’s highly successful café in the Netherlands, the first of which started in 1997.


Dr.  Bere Miesen, Netherlands  

Dr.  Bere Miesen, Netherlands
 

Dr. Gemma Jones, UK  

Dr. Gemma Jones, UK
 


The purpose of the café

The purpose of the Café is to provide a space in which the issues surrounding dementia can be aired and problems voiced.

What is provided?

Alzheimer Cafe Book - Avialable to borrow at the Cafe

Alzheimer Cafe Book - Avialable to borrow at the Cafe

The Alzheimer Café has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere and  provides families and professionals with the opportunity to share their feelings, discuss problems, give and receive support, guidance, informal education and information.  All this happens within the Café’s safe and sensitive environment.  It also provides a great opportunity to make new friends!

Each session includes refreshments, tea, coffee and drinks.  We also have free and informative literature as well as a comments and suggestions book.

Guest speakers

Every month we have guest speakers on a dementia related subject.  See the rolling programme for each Cafe.

Themes

  1. Introduction to Alzheimer Café
  2. Diagnosing dementia:  What is and isn’t dementia
  3. What happens to memory and attention
  4. How dementia affects us:  Fear and anger and the range of emotions
  5. The ageing senses and how they affect us
  6. What else helps?
  7. Communication—how do we stay connected?
  8. Stress—why does it sneak up on you?
  9. Understanding grieving and guilt
  10. Living with dementia
  11. Why Life Stories matter