Apr 28, 2012

Name First Memory Cafe Dallas

Pat Sneller, Carole Larkin, and friends have been working very hard to start a new Memory Cafe in Dallas. They are seeking input, advice, and a good recommendation for a name.

By Carole B. Larkin
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My friends and fellow advocates for families with dementia would like your opinion. We are starting a new Memory Cafe in Dallas, Texas, and we need a good name.

We are a small group of Alzheimer's professionals and Pat Sneller, the spouse of a man with early onset Alzheimer's. Pat is also a dedicated ARR reader!

In Pat's words:

We just want to get together, have coffee, tea or snacks and chat with one another. No agenda, per se.

Of course there will be appropriate, popular activities for those with dementia.Our goal is to provide a casual, social experience on a recurring basis (monthly at first) for those with a diagnosis and their caregivers. We hope that it will be replicated in all of the various Dallas suburbs.

We want to be inclusive and to make sure that everyone knows that this will be a social group, not a support group. The members of the group will decide if they want education or to offer a formal support group type function. The object is to enable true

"Power to the People!"

We are getting very close to holding our first event but are at a loss as to what to name our group.

Originally, we called it the Memory Cafe. Then it was the Neighborhood Memory Cafe.

Then one of us said, "It should just be the Neighborhood Cafe to avoid any stigma associated with having Alzheimer's or another dementia". We want your opinion on this.

Without using the words "Alzheimer's" "Memory" or "Dementia", would our target audience know that it was for them?

Would they still come if the name included "Alzheimer's" "Memory" or "Dementia" in the title of the event? Please comment and let us know your thoughts.

Thank you!

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Carole Larkin MA,CMC,CAEd,QDCS,EICS,
is a Geriatric Care Manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. ThirdAge Services LLC, is located in Dallas, TX.

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