Our Sponsored Memory Cafés in Massachusetts
More than one in nine Americans age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease or another disorder that causes dementia. Social isolation is one of the greatest risks both for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners. Memory Cafés offer one solution to this isolation by providing a welcoming environment to connect with others for support, companionship and fun, allowing you to focus on your relationship, rather than caregiving, and form new social connections with others who completely understand your situation.
Senior Living Residences is proud to partner with and support local Memory Cafes to provide a safe and stigma-free gathering place for friends with varying levels of memory loss and their caregivers to enjoy conversation, refreshments and entertainment. Guests should expect an engaging and participatory experience in an informal environment, with the opportunity for peer support, valuable connections and helpful information.
Walk-ins are always welcome, but RSVP is usually preferred.
Acton Memory Lane Café
WHERE: Acton Human Services & Senior Center – 30 Sudbury Road, Acton
WHEN: Last Tuesday every each month from 12:00-1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Acton’s Memory LaneMemory Café is co-sponsored by Concord Park Senior Living, Cooperative Elder Day Services and the Acton Senior Center. For questions or to learn more about Acton’s Memory Lane Café, please call Maryellen King at 978-369-4728 or email Mking@slr-usa.com.
Thanks for the Memories
Boston Grove Hall Memory Café
WHERE: BCYF’s Grove Hall Community Center – 51 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester
WHEN: Monthly, usually the first Monday of every month, unless that day falls on a holiday, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
“Thanks for the Memories” Café is co-hosted by the City of Boston’s Alzheimer’s Initiative and Boston Centers for Youth and Family (BCYF) Grove Hall Community Center and sponsored by Standish Village Assisted Living. Join other caregivers and their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s and other related memory disorders while enjoying coffee, refreshments, creative arts, and conversation with new friends of all ages. A guest artist will lead a creative exploration each month. RSVP not required. For more information, please contact Patricia McCormack at Patricia.Mccormack@boston.gov or 617.635.3992.
Bellingham’s Memory Café
WHERE: Bellingham Public Library – 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham
WHEN: The 1st Tuesday of each month from 11:30am – 12:30pm
Canton’s Memory Café is co-sponsored by Cornerstone at Milford and the Bellingham Public Library. RSVP not required but is recommended. For more information please email or call 508-966-0398.
Cambridge Connections Memory Café
WHERE: Cambridge Citywide Senior Center – 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
WHEN: Monthly, the 3rd Friday of each month, 10 am – 12 pm
Cambridge Connections Memory Café is a social gathering for people with memory loss or forgetfulness and their care partners, family, or friends in a safe and inclusive space that features conversation, activities, and light refreshments. Cambridge Connections is hosted by the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center and sponsored by Neville Place Assisted Living. Registration is requested, but not required. Anyone who requires personal care assistance must be accompanied by a care partner. For more information or to register, call 617-628-2614, ext. 3607 or email the SCES Aging Information Center at email@example.com.
Canton’s Memory Café
WHERE: Canton Public Library – 786 Washington St, Canton, MA
WHEN: The 4th Thursday of each month at 1:30pm
Canton’s Memory Café is co-sponsored by Cornerstone at Canton, BrightView Canton, Canton Public Library, ComForCare Home Care, and Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Canton COA/Senior Center. RSVP not required. For more information please email or call 781.821.3616.
Concord Memory Café
WHERE: Concord Council on Aging, Harvey Wheeler Building – 1276 Main St., West Concord
WHEN: Second Monday of every Month from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm (lunch provided)
Concord’s Memory Café is co-sponsored by Right at Home and Concord Park Senior Living. For questions or to learn more about the memory café, please call or e-mail Amy Gagne at 978-505-3779 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwood Memory Café
WHERE: Norwood Senior Center – 275 Prospect Street, Norwood, MA
WHEN: The 3rd Thursday of each month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
COST: Free, donations graciously accepted
The Norwood Memory Café, Inc. is partially sponsored by Cornerstone at Canton as well as several other local senior resources. RSVP not required. For more information or to volunteer please contact Jean Cotton, MS, Gerontology at email@example.com or call 781.762.1611. For more information, follow the Norwood Memory Cafe on Facebook.
Additional Resources for Caregivers
Many of our Compass Memory Support communities also host a monthly Caregiver Support Group for those looking after a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Find a list of our current caregiver support groups >>
Our AgeRight Blog has a number of useful articles, posts and contributions that can be helpful to caregivers. Read more at AgeRight.org >>