Sunday , 24 September 2017

McKinney Memory Café Supports Dementia Patients and Caregivers

alzheimers_association_logoThere are presently millions of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is growing.

Alzheimer’s disease is considered the most expensive diagnosis in Medicare dollars, because of the need for ongoing caregiving. Caregiving is usually provided by family members. Caregiving is physically and emotionally exhausting; caregivers need both education and support.

The McKinney Memory Café was developed to provide support to both the person with the diagnosis of dementia and also to the caregiver. The concept of Memory Cafes began in the UK. In 2011, a grass roots effort brought the first Memory Café to the United States. Through the advocacy of Lee and Pat Sneller the Memory Café’s began to develop in the Dallas area in 2012. Lee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, and Pat knew that healthy living and regular social involvement were important for both her husband and herself. She organized a group of professionals in the Dallas area who shared her vision, and the Memory Café Texas Style was born. The Neighborhood Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can be together to share information, laugh, play games, swap stories and cry if they need to.

The Café meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m., the next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 6. There is no charge for the group. Come have a cup of coffee, play a game, and develop friendships with others whose lives are also impacted by memory impairment. It is through sharing that we sustain each other through this process.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patti Dickson at the Wellness Center for Older Adults at 972-941-7335.

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