Recorded Event with a live studio audience and discussion
Taping Tuesday, February 2. 6- 8 pm
This is a free event but seating is limited, please reserve your seat here
What is a Memory Café?
A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Memory cafés meet at a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations.
Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new.
Memory Cafes are occurring all over Massachusetts. For a current list of Greater Boston locations, click here
Memory Cafe Panelists
Beth Soltzberg, MSW, MBA, manages the Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at JF&CS in Waltham. She co-lead a support group for adults whose parent has dementia . Beth also runs a monthly Memory Café in Waltham as well as coordinates the Memory Café Percolator network, which helps Greater Boston cafés to get started and sustain themselves.
Jamie Donchin, LICSW, is a social worker for the Brookline Council on Aging’s home care program and also facilitates other Senior Center programming, including the monthly “Memory Connections Cafe.” She also is the Program Coordinator for “Continuing Connections” at the Framingham (Callahan) Senior Center, -a weekly four hour version of a Memory Cafe where people with memory challenges and their carepartners participate in a weekly structured program. She also co-facilitates a monthly early stage Alzheimer’s support group in Framingham.
Darcy Morales-Zullo, MSW, is caregiver for her 93 year old Dad. She is a devoted mother of two children, both of whom started graduate programs in September, and, is a devoted daughter. She supported her Mother in her caregiving for her Dad until her Mother passed away. Darcy invited her Dad to live with her and her family at that point and has been his full-time caregiver ever since; it will be five years in February. Darcy and her Dad maintain an active daily schedule filled with numerous outings, visits to museums, movie theaters and routine errands. Darcy and her father are regular attendees at the Memory Cafe at JF&CS. They have also visited the very beautiful outdoor Memory Cafe in Topsfield and hope to also become regulars once their season opens this year
Arielle Keller, a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, a volunteer at the JF&CS Memory Café, and co-president of Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease