Memory Café Comes to Lewes
CHEER’s Memory Café has been extended to Harbour Lights Activity Center, located at 34211 Woods Edge Drive (off Kings Highway) in Lewes. Beginning September 14, the informal social gathering will take place every Friday from 9:30 til 11:30 a.m.
Designed for memory and cognitively impaired individuals and their caregivers, the café is an “open house” model with independent activities for those seeking fellowship, information, and resources. Attendees are those experiencing mild memory loss, cognitive impairment or early stage dementia, and caregivers (family or friend) of those affected. They are not asked their diagnosis but are asked about things that bring joy into their life and things that stimulate brain activity toward memories of their life.
“I am excited about expanding our Memory Café outreach to another CHEER center,” said Facilitator Gerri Cassidy. She is assisted by Vicki Higgins with the games and other activities held during the meetings.
Games for dementia patients can provide the mental stimulation dementia sufferers need to stay engaged and alert while enjoying a vigorous memory workout. Different games, either group or individually on ipads, are played at Memory Café sessions each week.
Memory Café is also held weekly at four other CHEER locations. Participants can attend as much or as little as they like, and there is no charge. Weekly schedule is: Tuesdays – Georgetown, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Long Neck, Millsboro, 1-3 p.m.; Thursdays – Milton, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Greenwood, 1-3 p.m.; and beginning September 14, Fridays – Harbour Lights, Lewes, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
For more information, call Gerri at 302-645-9239.
CHEER is a non-profit agency serving the needs of Sussex County’s senior population since 1971.