Memory cafés are being set up in lots of towns across Devon and the UK. They are informal, social places where you can go for advice and support if you, or someone you know, is experiencing the challenges of memory loss or is newly diagnosed with some form of dementia.
Research has shown that space to talk and share helps carers understand what is happening, as well as support the person experiencing memory challenges. The Memory Café aims to provide a safe, social space for people in this situation.
The social side is probably the most important aspect of the café. It provides a chance to have a cuppa and cake, chat with friends and share what is going on for you, and share with others in a similar situation.
It’s also a chance to connect with some of your local health care professionals, some of whom you may already know and others you can get to know. On some occasions, one of our professional health care team may give a talk or offer advice on a particular aspect of memory loss.
Appropriate activities will be available for everyone to engage with if they want to. You do not have to take part if you do not wish to.
You can sit and chat or just listen to what’s going on around you.
A free and safe space to talk to others going through similar experiences to yourself.