Memory Cafe

Back to school meant recess, “geography class,” music appreciation, and library time last month and what a joyful time it was!

Now we meet on October 14th at 3:30 for interaction with therapy dogs from SW Canines. The dogs also have tricks to share with us. We will have music from our favorite Celtic harpist, and will have another pay forward activity.

We will make wrap bracelets for the children who shop at Santa’s Secret Shop at Breakfast with Santa. Here children can buy inexpensive gifts for family members and enjoy shopping “by themselves.” This is a benefit for Casa Angelica and another way we can help the community.

The Memory Cafe of St. John’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a cafe-styled outreach which provides individuals with memory loss AND their care partners a safe, supportive, and engaging place to interact with peers as they come together for fun and fellowship. Memory Cafe Albuquerque was started by St. John’s United Methodist Church in response to the growing population of persons with memory loss & Alzheimer’s and the dementia care culture.

 

“For the person journeying into dementia, the fear of no longer being enjoyable to others is added to the fear of no longer being useful.” At the Memory Cafe, both caregiver and loved one can simply relax and enjoy the company of others without the stigma that accompanies dementia.

 

The Memory Cafe celebrates the person beyond the dementia, with a focus on their wishes, joys, and pleasures. Memory Cafe Albuquerque is a chance for everyone to step out of their daily roles and share a positive experience in a supportive environment.

 

harpistMemory Cafe Albuquerque meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM in the St. John’s UMC SonShine Cafe – offering refreshments, social interaction, information, music, and an occasional speaker. Activities routinely include give back/pay forward activities that reach into the community.

 

No reservations are required and there is no fee, although donations are kindly accepted. Memory Cafe Albuquerque is facilitated by a core group of volunteers with support from various musicians and church staff.

 

mapThe address of St. John’s United Methodist Church is 2626 Arizona St. NE – one block North of the Coronado Shopping Center and one block East of San Pedro. The entrance to the Memory Cafe Albuquerque is located near the parking lot on the NE side of the property, accessed from Phoenix Ave. NE (around the block). It is located in the center of the church facility from the larger church parking lot(between the Sanctuary and the Family Life Center, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing the parking lot).

 

Memory Cafes, such as Memory Cafe Albuquerque, have been established in the UK since 1997, and are just gaining momentum here in the US. There has been one in Santa Fe for several years. Dementia is a disease that affects the entire family, so we encourage and support both the care partner and the loved one together at Memory Cafe Albuquerque. We are one of 127 Memory Cafes now operating in the United States.

 

You are welcome to participate at any time. Please invite anyone who may be on this journey to come to Memory Cafe Albuquerque for fun and fellowship. You may contact the following people for more information:

Lynn at 271-0746 or JL2clapper@msn.com

Anita at 256-7334

Monthly information about Memory Cafe Albuquerque will be available approximately two weeks in advance on this website
and in the St. John’s United Methodist Church’s “Weekend Disciple” weekly newsletter.