Introduction to Friends Circle

 

Friends Circle: A Memory Café

 

Greenwood House and JFCS are proud to introduce Friends Circle, a social gathering for those living with memory concerns or changes in thinking and their supportive family member, friend, care partner or personal caregiver. Guests are welcome whose memory challenges are due to any underlying condition at any stage. Aimed to stimulate shared connection and joy, guests enjoy refreshments, music, art, and socialization. Each month, a creative artist facilitates an engaging activity – something in which guests can participate and feel a sense of belonging no matter their cognitive abilities.  Not a support group – Friends Circle provides a time to take a break from troubles, worries and issues.    

How?

Guests are not asked their diagnosis. There is no open discussion about illness or memory. While information about resources and services are available, Friends Circle provides a break from focusing on disease and disability. To maintain a sense of ‘normalcy’ and café-like vibe, Friends Circle will meet monthly at Adath Israel Congregation, a neutral and easily accessible community location offering a welcoming, supportive and stigma-free atmosphere.  

Why?

Friends Circle offers social connectivity, inclusion and a time to step out of the daily routine while enjoying a positive experience. People living with dementia and their care partners often become isolated due to increasing difficulty of engaging in everyday activities, compounded by the stigma that makes people feel unwelcome or embarrassed in public situations. Isolation often leads to increased health risks including the rapid worsening of memory loss.  Fear and stigma create a social environment in which many are afraid or embarrassed to acknowledge their symptoms and seek medical evaluation.

Cost?

Free. Greenwood House and JFCS, both non-profit organizations, rely on the generosity of others through sponsorships, grants and volunteers. Donations to Memory Cafe are welcome.

When & Where?  

Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ (US-206, near Rider University on the opposite side of the street)

2nd Tuesday of Every Month; 1 - 3pm – Friends Circle is Non-Sectarian; Open to the public 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

For more information, pre-registration, placement on mailing list, or to learn about Sponsorships please contact:

Donna Sobel, BSW, MHA – Director of Business Development | Friends Circle Project Director, DSobel@Greenwoodhouse.org;  609-883-5391 Ext. 388

For volunteer opportunities contact:

Eden Aaronson, JFCS Volunteer Coordinator, edena@jfcsonline.org; 609-987-8100, Ext. 113

 

Friends Circle is brought to you by Greenwood House Senior Services in collaboration with JFCS of Greater Mercer County.                            

Made possible by a grant from Lawrence Township Community Foundation and the generosity and support of our monthly sponsors and community partners including the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s New Jersey, and Mercer County Office on Aging.