Memory Cafe brings together aged and caregivers

November 1, 2014 - photo frame

Constructing a print support out of acorns is a tame activity for 91-year-old Ken Reynolds.

He “still goes to a tip of Multnomah Falls,” caregiver Judia Jackson pronounced of a Vancouver man. They also revisit a tiny entertainment park, Portland’s Oaks Park, each year and float a rides, she said. “He loves a drum coaster.”

Jackson and Reynolds recently participated in a initial Memory Cafe during a Kelso-Longview Elks. Hosted by Koelsch Senior Communities, a eventuality enclosed a luncheon and live song by Mike Baker, aka “Soul Bake.” Attendees perceived a souvenir sketch and had a eventuality to qualification an acorn-dotted support to enclose a photo.

The suspicion for a Memory Cafe isn’t new, pronounced Diane Craft, Community Relations and Special Projects manager for KSC.


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Program executive Diane Craft offers a cookie mangle to Memory Cafe member Ken Rea

The judgment began in a United Kingdom before being “ferried opposite a pond” by Lori La Bey, speaker, radio horde and arch executive officer of Alzhemier’s Speaks, according to agingcare.com. La Bey also is one of a founders of a initial central cafeteria in a United States — J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe launched in Jun 2011 in Minnesota.

La Bey describes a Memory Cafe as a place where caregivers and people stricken with insanity “can go that is protected and comfortable, where they can have friends and interaction.”

A few cafeteria events sponsored by a Vancouver Koelsch communities have been hold in Clark County, Craft said. “They only had a coffee hour and didn’t do a craft,” she said, adding that many of a Memory Cafes occurring national are “more coffee hours with a public.”

Gretchen Niemi and Tara Garcia, employees during Canterbury Gardens, worked with Craft to offer a amicable arise with a twist.

“We suspicion we would try it this approach first,” Craft said. If it becomes a good experience, she pronounced they would pierce toward a coffee hour form of event.

Nick Wideman, an administrator-in-training during Canterbury Gardens, shot cinema and printed them on site for attendees.

The Memory Cafe incited out well, he said, observant some-more people showed adult than was approaching — about 20 — including Kelso residents Duane and Gloria Nordstrom. A former Kelso City Council member and longtime Salvation Army volunteer, Duane Nordstrom has Parkinson’s disease.

“Diane told us final month that this was going to be function here, and we suspicion it sounded fun,” Gloria Nordstrom pronounced as she delicately daubed glue from a prohibited glue gun to hitch acorns to her print frame.

As she worked, Garcia told a integrate a story about a acorns.

She systematic a vast volume of acorns by mail, Garcia said, not realizing a bulb and a caps would be separate.

“I had to glue a caps to them,” she said, smiling. “I schooled a good doctrine with acorns … and backing adult a caps was interesting.”

Esther Milligan of Kalama and her caregiver, Ruth Zumstein, motionless to revisit a Memory Cafe after Milligan’s daughter saw a flyer.

As Zumstein coaxed her to work on a frame, Milligan, who is in her 80s, smiled and laughed.


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Judia Jackson, left, assists Ken Reynolds with decorating his design support during a Oct Memory Cafe during a Kelso Elks Club

“Why don’t we put this one on, Grandma?” Zumstein said, holding adult an acorn. Although Milligan isn’t her grandmother, “it’s easier” to impute to her that way, Zumstein said.

Rainier’s Ken and Darlene Rea grinned as they socialized.

“This seemed like a good place to have a good time,” Ken Rea said, as he munched on chocolate chip cookies Craft offering by a plateful.

His wife, who also is his caregiver, chuckled.

“I consider any place we go is a good place to have a good time,” she said.

The integrate pronounced they would like to attend another Memory Cafe — only a form of response Craft, Niemi and Garcia wanted to hear.

Plans have not been set for a subsequent event, though a contingent is certain some-more will be held. They would like to offer them quarterly, though pronounced they might skip winter since of a weather.

The Memory Cafe will be an further to a 3 active support groups hosted by Koelsch Senior Communities, Craft said.

It’s another avenue, she said. “It’s a approach for them to accommodate new friends, share life practice and, hopefully, accommodate others who are going on a same journey.”

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