Providing a Welcoming Safe Haven
It is the mission, duty and purpose of the Bev Roy Hope Foundation to provide a Memory Café for those living with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. A Memory Café is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s or any type of dementias or other brain disorders. It is a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones can socialize, listen to music, play games, and enjoy other appropriate activities.
The first Alzheimer’s café started in the Netherlands in 1997 with the goal of destigmatizing the disease. The first memory café opened in the United States in 2008.
According to the latest Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, one in 10 Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. That is 5.8 million people, with the numbers expected to climb to 13.8 million by 2050. With more and more people receiving dementia diagnoses, it is critical to find new ways to support this growing population.
Alzheimer’s cafes create dementia-friendly communities that take the stress out of going out in public and socializing. Staying involved and socially active is an important part of delaying Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms. The cafes offer a supportive way for people with the condition to meaningfully engage with their communities.