Our Place Memory Cafe

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

A Place to Be Yourself

On a sunny afternoon, couples gathered at Butera’s Restaurant in Sayville, in a room that we would come to find out was once known as the “Music Room.”

The Our Place Memory Cafe is designed after a wonderful idea crafted in the Netherlands in 1997. Dr. Bere Miessen, a psychologist from Holland, recognized the need for people living with a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to continue to have a social connection. It is equally important for people caring for a loved one with this diagnosis to have a place to relax, socialize, share thoughts, emotions, and to find answers.

Unfortunately, with the disease, social isolation can become a reality. Friends find it more and more difficult to visit and getting out to socialize can become a challenge. A memory cafe welcomes people and their loved ones into a secure, comfortable, and socially engaging venue.

Our Place Memory CafeButera’s in Sayville graciously hosted the Our Place Memory Cafe. The manager and the wait staff could not have been more welcoming. The set up in the gathering room encouraged the attending couples to chat. Vance Bresnia led us in song and laughter making the afternoon go by just a bit too quickly!

Memories are meant to be treasured and a couple shared one of their treasures with the group. The room where we gathered, in what is now Butera’s, was once called the “Music Room” of another establishment back in the day. This couple used to visit it frequently. Well, they said they will be back again, to the music room, once a month. This time with new found friends who have something in common…a need to have a wonderful afternoon with their peers.

Please join us every third Tuesday of the month in the “Music Room.”

Friendships are waiting.

The Our Place Memory Cafe is offered at no cost. It is sponsored by The Bristal Assisted Living and Day Haven Adult Day Services. Those with memory concerns may attend with a family member, friend, or caregiver. The Our Place Memory Cafe is not intended for unaccompanied persons with significant care needs. Sessions are held monthly and are subject to change. For questions, or to attend a session, please call Lori at 631-585-2020 x261 or email OurPlaceMemoryCafe@gmail.com.

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Kate Schneider graduated from St. Joseph’s College of New York with a Bachelor’s Degree and holds a Master’s of Science Degree from Stony Brook University of New York in Health Care Policy and Management. Kate has a certificate in Gerontology and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has extensive experience working with people living with dementia in the Day Care setting, Long Term Care and the Assisted Living field for over fifteen years. Currently, Kate has the pleasure of working with a very talented team as they work towards bring an interesting, fun filled, and therapeutic program to the people who reside in the Reflections Dementia Care Program at The Bristal.