Tanglewood Group Hosting Free Memory Cafes

The Tanglewood Group is hosting Free Memory Cafes twice a month at their Comfort Today location, 17 Gifford Ave., West Ellicott.

Memory Cafes are a casual social meeting venue for individuals suffering from memory loss and their caregivers. The concept originated in Europe in the 1990s and has spread to several other countries, including the United States. The purpose of the group is to provide a stigma-free environment for caregivers and their loved ones.

The cafe’s organizers hope to help reduce the isolation often felt by people dealing with dementia and memory loss.

This offering is the first of its kind in Chautauqua County. Memory Cafes differ from ordinary support groups because they focus on the relationships of people affected by memory issues rather than the disease itself. The cafe will offer people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their families an opportunity to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments and entertainment with others who have the same cares and concerns.

The first Tuesday of each month the gatherings will be open to all people dealing with memory loss and their caregivers.

The meetings will run from 2-3:30 p.m. On the third Tuesday of each month, the gatherings will be for caregivers only, and will run from 2-3 p.m. Coffee, treats and enjoyable activities will be provided to attendees at no charge.

Reservations are not necessary, but an RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes. For more information, call 488-9434 or email info@memorycafeny.com.