Memory Cafe'

The Lake Country Libraries Memory Project is a partnership between four public libraries in Waukesha County with a mission to provide programs to those affected by memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. A main component of the memory project is a monthly social gathering for those with early stage dementia and a care partner, called memory cafés. We just held our July memory café this Friday, July 7. Our theme was "Heavenly Herbs", and our presenter, a master gardener, shared information and her own stories about a great variety of herbs. She passed samples around for guests to smell, touch and taste! Using all our senses this way helps reinforce what we are learning and brings up lovely memories. Our guests were treated to wonderful home-baked goodies tastefully displayed, the handiwork of our excellent Friends of the Town Hall Library. We are often assisted by staff from other libraries in our partnership (Delafield, Hartland and Pewaukee), as well as representatives from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County and the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

These programs are free to our guests, open to anyone who fits the criteria. First-time attendees should contact Wendy Betley, Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, at 414-479-8800 to register for this event. Regular attendees should contact the library directly.

I personally find that I learn something new at each one and enjoy them as much as our guests! Lovely treats don't hurt, either!

We will also host next month's memory café on Friday, August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Our program will be a musical presentation of Native American flutes and other world instruments played by musician, Ryan Meisel. He will also lead us in a drum circle. Should be fun!

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