Twin Ports' First-ever Memory Cafe to Launch Next Week

Created: March 05, 2018 08:01 AM

A first of its' kind cafe is opening up in the Twin Ports next week, and it's being run by Age Well Arrowhead.

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The 'Age Well Memory Cafe' program will cater to the needs of those with dementia or memory loss diagnosis. Age Well Arrowhead Program Director, Kim Hileman, says the cafe will also allow care providers and/or care receivers to leave their duties at the door, and relax.

The cafe, which will be a monthly gathering based in Hope United Methodist Church in Duluth, will have social activities, games, music, and more in a fun, safe environment.

"Of course, northern Minnesota, we have to have coffee and snacks, too," Hileman says. "Just an opportunity for people experiencing that same journey together to come together."

Hileman says the first Memory Cafe launched in the Netherlands in 1997. The concept quickly took hold in Europe and made its way to the US in the early 2000s. She says one of the initiatives of 'Dementia Friendly Duluth,' was to open a Memory Cafe in the area. Through a donation from the Victory Fund, the cafe was created.

The launch date for the program is Tuesday, Mar. 13 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

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