by Melody Thomas-Morgan, Community Liaison, Adult Care Services
Adult Care Services is pleased to announce the first Memory Café in the quad-city area, hosted by The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center. Jan. 12 marked the kickoff of this very special monthly event.
The SJR Memory Café is designed for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, mild cognitive impairment AND their caregivers (family, companion, friend or professional).
The purpose is to enjoy a special time together, free from the challenges of the disease, and to provide a break from the normal routine. It’s a time for refreshment, mutual support and fun for caregivers and loved ones, together.
The Memory Café concept was born in the Netherlands in 1997 by Dr. Bere Miesen, a Dutch psychiatrist whose goal was to normalize dementia for those living with it, their family, caregivers and the community as a whole. He hoped that time away from the routine of everyday life would give people a chance to leave their troubles at the door and “just be.”
The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center will be hosting the SJR Memory Café the second Saturday of each month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The activities will be planned by those who attend, as it really is time for them! Some ideas include: art presentations, live music, sing-a-longs, poetry readings, reminiscing and sharing stories, cooking demos and more.
For more than 35 years, The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center (a nonprofit adult day-health program) has served those 18 years and older facing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges.
The Center is part of Adult Care Services which also has The Margaret T. Morris Center, an assisted living community specializing solely in dementia care and celebrating 20 years in the Prescott area!
We are located at 3407 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley. Please call Melody at (928) 441-1019 for more information.