What is an Alzheimer Cafe?
An Alzheimer Cafe is a monthly gathering where people with dementia, their family members/carers, care-giving professionals and volunteers meet together in a pleasant casual environment.
The goals of the evening include:
- Feeling comfortable in a public place with others who understand, feel free to come and go as you want
- Making new social contacts
- Exchanging experiences
- Accessing information
- Feeling confident enough to ask those ‘burning questions’
- Openly discussing the illness, emotional responses, struggles and positive moments
- Offering various types of support
- Providing psychological education about dementia pertaining to the emotional aspects of having dementia, or giving care with talks and presentations from health and social professionals and/or Alzheimers Dementia Support advisors.
We meet on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month (exc. August) 7:30pm-9:30pm at:
Our professional guests have included; Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue BLSAR, Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service (RBFRS), Memory Clinic, Optalis Dementia Advisors, RBWM Community Wardens, Dr Chris Allen, Dr Bedi, Dr Gemma Jones, Telecare Specialist, Thames Valley Police, Just Wills & Legal Services & Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist from Help in Hearing
TestimonialsThanks so much for last night - I really enjoyed it and it was so nice to meet people who face similar challenges! Helpful too, to hear about the Optalis group. Thanks to you, I can see there is a lot out there and that’s really reassuring to know.
TestimonialsThank you for being there - good to know there is help when we need it.