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Club of Royston,Herts, UK
President: Graeme Dargie

Royston Rotary Memory Cafe

A  

Memory  

Cafe  

is  

a  

wonderfully  

welcoming  

place  

for  

individuals  

with  

Alzheimer’s

or  

any  

type  

of  

the  

dementias  

or  

other  

brain  

disorders.  

Additionally,  

it  

is  

helpful  

for

people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment.

With   

its   

roots   

in   

the   

Netherlands,   

Dr.   

Bere   

Miesen,   

a   

Dutch   

psychiatrist

introduced  

the  

Memory  

Cafe  

concept  

in  

1997  

as  

a  

way  

to  

break  

through  

the

stigma  

associated  

with  

various  

forms  

of  

Dementia.  

It  

simply  

“wasn’t  

discussed”

and  

those  

with  

the  

disease  

–  

and  

their  

caregivers  

–  

were  

suffering  

as  

a  

result.  

  

The  

concept  

spread  

throughout

Europe,  

to  

Ireland  

and  

England,  

Australia  

and  

eventually  

to  

the  

United  

States.  

As  

the  

Memory  

Cafe  

concept  

evolved

here, it grew into a very open culture, including more than just those living with various forms of Dementia.

The  

Rotary  

club  

of  

Royston  

first  

inaugurated  

a  

Memory  

Café  

in  

November  

2017  

and  

it  

was  

designed  

to  

bring

entertainment  

for  

sufferers  

of  

memory  

impairment,  

of  

any  

kind  

and  

at  

any  

age,  

and,  

just  

as  

importantly,  

a  

little  

respite

for  

their  

carers.  

  

It  

is  

an  

open,  

informal  

and  

caring  

social  

environment  

held  

at  

the  

Old  

Barn,  

Upper  

King  

Street  

in

Royston  

on  

the  

second  

Monday  

of  

every  

month  

from  

10am  

to  

midday.  

  

We  

ensure  

that  

the  

environment  

is  

safe  

both

inside and outside when we meet and tea/coffee and snacks are provided.  Attendance is free.

The  

very  

first  

meeting  

had  

an  

encouraging  

attendance  

of  

18  

sufferers  

and  

their  

carers  

along  

with  

the  

Rotarian

organisers.  

  

At  

that  

meeting  

there  

was  

a  

1950s  

sing  

along  

and  

the  

feedback  

from  

attendees  

was  

very  

positive.  

  

Our

second  

meeting  

in  

December  

2017  

unfortunately  

coincided  

with  

heavy  

snow  

but  

still  

7  

attendees  

managed  

to  

brave

the  

seasonal  

weather  

to  

a  

“Chrismassy”  

themed  

session,  

including  

hearing  

a  

recitation  

from  

Scrooge.  

  

This  

was

followed  

by  

Christmas  

crackers,  

carol  

singing  

and  

Santa  

bringing  

some  

pre-Christmas  

gifts.  

  

Afterwards  

one  

lady  

said

how wonderful it was to see her mother totally absorbed by the programme.

(See a write-up of this meeting here).

at  

the  

following  

meeting  

in  

Janauary  

January  

there  

were  

14  

guests  

at  

the  

Memory  

Cafe  

and  

a  

“memory  

box”  

was

introduced,  

which  

including  

various  

household  

items  

which  

were  

handed  

out  

and  

sparked  

lots  

of  

conversations.  

  

One

of  

the  

carers  

gave  

us  

a  

nice  

story  

about  

clothes  

washing  

in  

times  

gone  

by,  

prompted  

by  

an  

item  

in  

the  

box.  

  

A  

tin  

of

Brasso,  

with  

its  

distinctive  

smell,  

brought  

back  

memories  

for  

many  

people.  

  

  

Then  

Adrian  

Jacobs  

played  

a  

good

selection  

of  

old  

tunes  

on  

piano,  

introducing  

each  

one  

with  

a  

little  

story.  

  

Guests  

and  

Rotarians  

enjoyed  

singing  

along

with him.

The Rotary Club currently funds all expenses but would appreciate any suggestions for fund raising or help. 

Themes for future meetings will include:

Valentines Day,

James Bond,

“school Days – best in your life”,

flower arranging,

arts and crafts,

remember the coronation?

Hi di Hi

postcards & seaside memories

harvest time

how to relax

See latest Update here