Virtual Dementia Tour
Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential kit is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. This unique experience is now available in 3 editions. Used by Universities, Medical Schools, and Communities all over the world this is a must have experience for understanding the sensory experiences that may be happening for someone who is living with brain change.
Memory Cafés are places where persons with Alzheimer's or a related dementia can go with their care partners to just socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things. 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. Each memory café around the country is different; all are grass roots efforts to assist the person with dementia and their care partner to have a good day. The first cafe opened in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Miesen later helped the UK start their cafes in 2000. The first Alzheimer's Cafe in the US started in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM.
Memory Café Catalyst is an online community connecting supporters of memory cafés (also called Alzheimer's cafés), which are community-building gatherings for people experiencing memory loss, their caregivers, family and friends. Are you interested in developing a café in your community? Or are you already involved with a café and looking to exchange ideas and information?