Bedford’s New Memory Cafe to Launch in January

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging, Carleton-Willard Village and individual donations, CESI (Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. a local adult day care health provider) and the Bedford COA will host Bedford’s inaugural Memory Café on Tuesday, January 23 from 10 am until noon  in the Flint Room on the second floor of the Town Center Building, 12 Mudge Way.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month, Bedford’s Memory Café will welcome individuals living with dementia, along with their caregivers, in a relaxed, -free environment to experience a sense of community and enjoy activities tailored to their interests.

Alzheimer’s  does not affect the area of the brain that processes music and art until the disease’s later stages, so it is possible to engage seniors with dementia in creative and meaningful art and music activities which their caregivers can share.

Each Café will feature a performance or activity, such as dance/movement therapy, a sing-along, ukulele lessons, art education and discussion, dance instruction, and comedy, along with coffee and refreshments.  The Cafes will also offer meaningful conversation, education, and resources on memory impairment.

Walk-ins are welcome, and the program is open to all Bedford area residents. Please note that a care partner must accompany participants who require personal care assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two at the Memory Café please contact the COA Director, Alison Cservenschi on 781-275-6825.

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