Jog Your Memory has connected with the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS), a local organization with a branch focused on taking the stigma out of dementia and establishing a network of support for those living with dementia and those who care for them. The goal of the JF&CS Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program is to take away the isolation associated with dementia by bringing people together through memory cafés - a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Our hope is that those who participate in the cafe experience will reach out to us through our Caregiver Grant, allowing us to step in and further help caregivers in their journey to care for their loved one.
Memory cafés offer a cup of coffee and a connection. They meet at a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations, designed so that people with dementia will feel safe, supported, and successful. For care partners, they are a much needed coffee break from the "thirty-six hour day."
Each memory café is different, but all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new.
For more information about the JF&CS Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program, please visit their website