Grab a cup of coffee at Memory Cafe with people living with memory loss

From time to time, we see Silver Alerts sent out by police and even families asking for help on social media to help find their loved ones.

TEMPE, Ariz. - From time to time, we see Silver Alerts sent out by police and even families asking for help on social media to help find their loved ones.

Dementia comes with symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties with problem-solving or language. It is caused by Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes, according to Alzheimer's Society.

The most important aspect of all this is that families of a person with dementia are in need of support. 

The city of Tempe is here to change all of that. Tempe and Banner Health Alzheimer's Institute will be hosting Memory Café every Wednesday at the Tempe Public Library from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. 

People can come and grab a cup of coffee and some pastries while engaging with others facing the same life situation. 

The weekly meet-up is safe and comfortable for people from all sorts of support.

“Anyone is invited to drop in, grab a cup of coffee and talk with others. Every Wednesday morning, we’ll have a professional who is knowledgeable about a variety of conditions that affect memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s disease, available to answer questions and provide education and supportive ideas,” said Jan Dougherty, director of Banner Health Alzheimer’s Institute in a release.

The city of Tempe has about 1,500 people who are known to experience dementia and is hopefully on its way to being a dementia-friendly community, according to Mayor Mark Mitchell of Tempe. 

Marilyn Bostic has been a Tempe resident for 43 years now and has a husband who has Alzheimer's disease. 

 "I feel that I have a place to come, and I may even bring my husband next week. He's on a walker, but he's still able to get out and go places. And I feel this will be a whole new community for us," said Bostic. 

As of now, the White House Conference on Aging announced Tempe as one of a few communities testing a new roadmap provided by Dementia Friendly America

To find more information about Memory Cafe and which resources are available during the meet-ups, you can go to www.tempe.gov/dft or call 480-350-8534. 

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