Information about developing and operating memory cafés and
the broader issue of creating dementia-friendly communities is rapidly
proliferating online. All of these links
have been checked as of January, 2015.
If you have others to recommend, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Together, we can work to end the stigma and
social isolation associated with dementia and move our communities and larger
societies toward viewing dementia as a disability that can be accommodated with
patience and kindness.
Rotary Clubs in England provided
early leadership and support for memory cafés.
They published the original guide for setting up a memory café and
continue use their website to promote memory cafés and ideas for creating
This page gives links to many
documents about dementia-friendly communities.
The one called “Building Dementia-Friendly Communities: A Priority for
Everyone” is based on interviews with people with dementia about what they most
wanted from their communities.
Here’s an example of how one
community in the Cornwall region in England has enlisted the support of a local
Rotary Club to become more dementia-friendly, particularly in terms of how
local businesses interact with people with dementia.
The Purple Angel is an international
symbol indicating that a business or organization has received training in how
best to meet the needs of people with dementia.
Here’s a website from the US that calls for greater awareness of the
meaning of the Purple Angel: http://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/purple-angel-project. This website also has a section on memory