Memory Café

What is Friend’s Circle?

Greenwood House and JFCS are proud to introduce Friend’s Circle, a monthly, 2-hour social gathering for those with memory concerns and their care partners. Guests are welcome whose memory challenges are due to any underlying condition at any stage. Care partner attendance is required due to the benefits for both and may include spouses, adult children, friends, and professional caregivers. Aimed to stimulate shared connection and joy, guests enjoy refreshments, music, art, meaningful conversation, education and resources. 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 – Friend’s Circle provides a time to leave your troubles, worries and memory challenges behind.   

How?

Guests are not asked their diagnosis. There is no open discussion about illness or memory. This way, individuals who haven’t been diagnosed feel welcome. While information about resources and services are available, Friend’s Circle provides a break from focusing on disease and disability. To maintain dignity, a sense of ‘normalcy’ and café-like vibe, Friend’s Circle will meet at Adath Israel Congregation, an easily accessible community location offering a relaxed, supportive and stigma-free atmosphere.  

Why?

Friend’s 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 can lead 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) are relying on the generosity of others through sponsorships, grants and volunteers to help offset the cost of guest artists, leased space, refreshments, supplies, and staffing.

When & Where?

The second Tuesday each month beginning July 9, 2019.
Friend’s Circle is Non-Sectarian; Open to the public. Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road (US-206), Lawrenceville, NJ

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED & BEGINNING NOW (space is limited)

For more information, pre-registration, placement on mailing list, or to learn about Sponsorships please contact:
Donna Sobel, BSW, MHA – Director of Business Development / Friend’s Circle Project Director, DSobel@Greenwoodhouse.org;
609-883-5391 Ext. 388

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:
Eden Aaronson, JFCS Volunteer Coordinator, edena@jfcsonline.org;
609-987-8100, Ext. 113