Press Release

Memory cafes planned in Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — MemoryWorks and the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging have collaborated to launch Maine’s fourth Memory Café, which will be held from 10:30 to noon on Aug. 16, at The Gathering Place, 33 Davis St., in  Presque Isle. Ken Capron, Founder of MemoryWorks of Portland will be attending to make it clear that this is a statewide effort. 

Maine’s Memory Cafés are free, informal, social settings that bring together dementia (Alzheimer’s) patients, their friends and families and caregivers, and professionals. Attendees initiate friendly conversations. A Café is a place where you can openly talk with like-situated people, without the stigma of the dementia label. Some of us are just beginning the journey, others may have completed the trip and are looking to move on.

 Memory Cafés are located or planned for Kennebunk, Biddeford, Portland, Presque Isle, Auburn, Gorham, York, Augusta.
“We are doing our best to stay ahead of the requests for more Cafés,” says Capron, in a press release. “Bangor has wanted one for a while now, as has the Dover-Foxcroft area and others. We’ll get there!”
“We  are just trying to find inexpensive enhancements to offer the Elder Care and Dementia Care Communities across Maine. Events like the first Annual Alzheimers Awareness Day at the Ballpark this past Sunday is a good example of ways Maine people can bring dementia and aging to the forefront – right now.”
The Memory Café at The Whole Potato on Main Street in Presque Isle is scheduled to start Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to close. A Cafe at Clover Healthcare in Auburn is set for Sept. 4.
FMI: http://www.meetup.com/MemoryWorks/ or contact Ken Capron at 797-7891.

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