Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Memory Cafés and Dementia-Friendly Communities Helpful Websites

Memory Cafés and Dementia-Friendly Communities
Helpful Websites
Compiled by Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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 (susan.h.mcfadden@gmail.com).  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. 

Memory Cafés

            This site compares the evolving models of Alzheimer’s cafés and memory cafés and contains many practical suggestions for starting and running memory cafés.

            This is a guide to taking people living with dementia on outings.  More about Dementia Adventure and their work can be found here:  http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk

Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafés in the UK:  http://www.memorycafes.org.uk

            This site lists the Memory Cafés in various parts of the UK and offers “A Guide to Setting up a Memory Café” -- http://www.memorycafes.org.uk/resources/GUIDE-SETTING-UP-MC.pdf

Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia:  http://www.repod.org.uk

            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 dementia-friendly communities. 

            This organization is run by Carole Larkin, a certified Geriatric Care Manager in Dallas, TX.  On this page, she lists Memory Cafés in the US and offers a brief “toolkit” for starting one.    

Dementia-Friendly Communities

            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.

Minnesota ACT on Alzheimer’s: http://www.actonalz.org/

            This organization has developed a detailed toolkit to help communities assess how dementia capable they are:  http://www.actonalz.org/toolkit.  ACTonAlz also has a page with many sources of information about dementia-friendly communities:  http://www.actonalz.org/dementia-friendly.  It includes information about memory cafés.

            This document deals primarily with environmental design that can help make communities more welcoming and easier to navigate for people with memory loss and confusion. 

Falmouth, England:  Dementia-friendly initiatives with local businesses:  http://www.falmouthmemorycafe.org.uk/P2586_3%20booklet.pdf

            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:  http://www.purpleangel.org.uk/

            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 cafés.  


  1. This is a great compilation of resources of Dementia-friendly online communities and cafes. I would also like to share a website that provides blogs regarding Dementia and other issues surrounding the said condition. You can find topics like how family participation improves care for people with Dementia and how people with Dementia can stay home much longer in this website: http://www.ltcoptions.com/.

  2. Great to see the Rotarians and Purple Angels getting a mention in this important work - great sources!

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