Memory Lane Happy Cafes support people with dementia

Memory Lane Happy Cafes support people with dementia

Algarve charity Associação Guarda Chuva is launching the Memory Lane Happy Cafes in various locations across the Algarve to raise awareness and support for those whose lives are affected by dementia and loneliness, focusing particularly on the expat community.

On Tuesday, December 17, the association will be holding its first Happy Cafe at the Community Hall behind the Guia Football Clube Snack Bar in Guia. This is a free event and there will be tea, coffee, mulled wine, spiced orange juice and sweet Christmas nibbles as well as Christmas carol singing with the Guia Ladies Choir Group.

Says Kelly Harper, founder of the Memory Lane initiative: “Memory Cafes are welcoming places where people can feel comfortable and safe without being judged by others because of their condition. It is also a place where people can come to make friends and feel a part of the community again. Importantly, carers, family members and friends can source information, advice and support as well as share their story with other people going through a similar experience.”

The Happy Cafes will provide a way to enjoy activities with people experiencing a dementia journey as a break from the normal routine.

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