Memory Café Program Promotes Interaction─Spreads Happiness

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Memory Café program promotes interaction─spreads happiness

August 7, 2016

lobby-cafeLive ukulele music, hula dancing, island décor, tropical fish-shaped cookies, and punch were the elements of the pilot Memory Café program that kicked off in June, 2016.

Held in Mount Hood Dining Room, transformed into a tropical paradise for the occasion, the social program provided a relaxed and fun environment for Caritas House residents to socialize with family and friends.

“The Memory Café is a place for Caritas residents with memory loss, their families, friends, and caregivers, to gather and share common interests,” said Karen Kinzey, Program and Venue Manager at the Holy Names Heritage Center. “Memory Cafés originated in the Netherlands with the goal of creating a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for people with memory loss. We hope the Mary’s Woods Memory Café will foster continued interaction and communication with others in the community.”

The multi-generational event included individuals ranging from ages 4 to 90, with approximately thirty people attending. It was the first of quarterly events planned on campus.

“Moving forward, each café session will have its own unique theme,” said Vern Reck, Caritas House Unit Coordinator. “This includes distinctive refreshments and music. The use of themes familiar to one’s past can help spark memories, which can encourage communication, both verbal and physical. We hope to see many more guests at future gatherings, so we can continue to build a happy, helpful environment.”

The next Memory Café theme will be an evening at the drive-in movies.