The following information is being reprinted -- with permission -- from New Hampshire Union Leader’s Senior News column (August 11, 2014).
Special cafes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, along with their families, are offered at a variety of sites. The cafes vary but each offers families a blend of social time and support in safe and relaxed environments.
Atkinson: Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, hosts an Alzheimer’s Café from 10 to noon the third Monday of the month. Free. Refreshments served. No reservations necessary. Call 819-4599.
Concord: The Capital Area Memory Café is the third Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. A collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, and Granite Ledges. Call 230-5681 or email Keliane.Totten@crvna.org.
Dover: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington Street, has an Alzheimer’s Café from 2 to 4 pm the third Thursday. Reservations aren’t needed. Café is free but donations accepted. Call Paula Rais, 742-2002 ext. 104 or email email@example.com.
Exeter: The Alzheimer’s Café at Exeter Senior Center, 30 Court St., is from 2 to 4 pm the second Tuesday. Free. Call 580-1595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lebanon: The Upper Valley Memory Café is from 10 to noon one Saturday a month at the Novell Building, the Dartmouth Institute, 30 Lafayette St. Registration not necessary. Go to memorycafe.weebly.com.
Manchester: Memory Lane Café at the William B. Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas Street, is offered the fourth Wednesday from 10 to noon. Free. Reservations are suggested. Contact Shirley Gordon at 647-6390 or email@example.com.
Manchester: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, has an Alzheimer’s Café from 2 to 4 pm the second Wednesday. Free. Call Jane Oneail at 669-6144 ext. 149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nashua: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, offers a Memory Café in its theatre from 2 to 3:30 pm the third Friday. Free refreshments and activities. Sponsored by Home Health and Hospice Care and the library. Contact Carol Luers Eyman, 589-4610 or email@example.com.
Peterborough: Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, 183 Old Dublin Road, hosts a free café in its pub from 2 to 3 pm the first Thursday. Reservations not required, but helpful. Call 924-6238 or go to summerhillal.com.
Portsmouth: Families First, a community health and family resource center, has an Alzheimer’s Café from 2 to 4 pm the fourth Monday in the Community Campus upstairs, 100 Campus Drive. Reservations aren’t needed. Free, but donations will be accepted. Contact Susan Turner at 969-5318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.