Quantcast

Dorchester residents Rachel Tate and Carl Baty greet each other at a BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center memory cafe.

Dorchester residents Rachel Tate and Carl Baty greet each other at a BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center memory cafe.

Stories this photo appears in:

Tease photo

‘Memory cafe’ takes aim at elder isolation, dementia concerns

Memory cafes are new to Boston, but the model was developed in the 1990s in Holland, and over the past decade has spread across the U.S. In some areas they are called “Alzheimer’s cafes,” but memory cafes are not Alzheimer’s education sessions or support groups. A 2005 evaluation of memory cafes in the United Kingdom observed that the cafe setting provides “a safe space in which to ‘re-story’ the experience of dementia.” Organizers say cafe participation can open a path to starting difficult conversations about dementia.