Priority Appointments has chosen to support The Alzheimer Café UK as its charity this year. In September, MD Barbara Law and Business Director Tracy Welch attended an event at the Farnborough Branch to celebrate three events:
- The 20th anniversary of Alzheimer Cafés
- Farnborough Alzheimer Café’s own 17th Anniversary
- World Alzheimer’s Day on 21st September.
The Alzheimer Café UK (CIO) is a small charity hosting the original Café in Farnborough, and supporting Alzheimer Cafes in the UK. It is based on the model developed 20 years ago, by Dutch clinical psychologist Dr Bere Miesen. The UK Café founders, Kandy Redwood and Dr Gemma Jones, were inspired by the aims of de-stigmatising dementia by keeping people with dementia connected, learning to talk about it, and learning more about how dementia affects us – either having it, or caring for someone who has it. They wanted to offer this type of support locally.
An Alzheimer Café is a form of post-diagnostic, on-going, educational, group-support for people with dementia and their families and friends, held in a café-like setting. Café gatherings are held monthly, except in August, and welcome people with dementia, their friends and carers, health and care professionals – and anyone else interested in dementia.
There are about 20 Alzheimer Cafés in the UK. The first Café in the world for people with early-onset dementia (diagnosed before the age of 65) was started on the Isle of Wight in 2015.
Alzheimer Cafés in Farnborough, Basingstoke, Camberley and Woodley
All Farnborough Branch Alzheimer Cafés are held on the third Friday of the month from 7.00 to 9.00 pm at St Peter’s Parish Centre, 60 Church Ave, Farnborough GU14 7AP. There are also Alzheimer Cafés locally in Basingstoke, Camberley and Woodley near Reading. Meetings are facilitated by professionals and volunteers and entry and refreshments are free. There is no need to be referred or book – people can just turn up, as you would at a normal café.