Memory Café in Hopkins Makes City Friendlier to Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers
In 2017, Augustana Care joined with ACT on Alzheimer’s – Minnesota to help make Hopkins a dementia-friendly community. The Hopkins ACTion team conducted 60 interviews to determine strengths and gaps in services for older adults in the area. The team then began to implement projects based on interview results.
Hopkins residents can attend free events including information sessions, caregiver support workshops and a film, Every Minute Counts. Plans include creating memory-minder kits to be donated to service organizations and the library and inviting city employees to a Dementia Friends session.
In addition, a new memory café was created to provide support, opportunities to socialize and fellowship for people with dementia and their caregivers. Activities include reminiscences, memory games and discussions that are relevant to caregivers, including shared experiences and resources such as adult day services or memory care.
The memory café is powered by the Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team; the Hopkins Library; Hennepin County; Augustana Care Services and Communities; Chapel View Health Care Center; Emerald Crest of Minnetonka and Augustana Open Circle.
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