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Memory Cafes

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Memory Cafés are places where people with Alzheimer's or a related dementia can go with their care partners to socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things. At a memory café, people can relax and just be themselves, knowing that no one judges them and all who are there are having similar experiences every day. A Memory Café has no real agenda or stated purpose except to enjoy each other's company. Sometimes the group may decide that it wants to have speakers or an educational component, or do special activities like go to museums or music recitals. Some memory café's are often built around cultural or volunteer events. The first café opened in the Netherlands in 1997. The first Alzheimer's Cafe in the US started in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM. For a list of Cafes in Maine go to Memory Works.