For Those With Dementia: The Memory Café is Open
On the third Saturday of the month, beginning in September 2018, SASI will co-sponsor a Memory Café with the Evanston Public Library (EPL) and the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness (CCCW). The Memory Cafe will provide a variety of opportunities for engagement in art, dance, music, and other activities for people living with dementia and their care partners. The Memory Café is free to all.
SASI, the EPL & CCCW join a growing network of Memory Cafés to address an underserved population. The offered activities will empower and entertain people with dementia and their care partners in a neutral setting where everyone succeeds. Memory Cafés are an important tool for people with dementia and their care partners to combat isolation and reclusiveness and to stay engaged and involved in their community.
1:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday September 15, October 20, November 17 Evanston Public Library, Main Branch Falcon Foom 1703 Orrington, Evanston, IL
Participants also will have access to new resources and information about dementia and care opportunities.
Saturday, September 15: The Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (ITA) will present an interactive percussion event. ITA is an organization with centers in Evanston, Chicago, and Lake Forest, whose philosophy fosters the integration of mind and body to promote optimal health of the whole person.
Saturday, October 20: Hip Circle Empowerment Center will offer a belly-dancing session. The Hip Circle Empowerment Center is an Evanston-based bellydance and fitness studio that aims to make health and wellness accessible to all women.
Saturday, November 17: United in Faith Lutheran Church, based on Chicago’s Northwest Side, will bring its “New Life for Old Bags” program. Participants will roll used plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless. The church works with Cornerstone Community Outreach in Uptown to distribute the bags.
Saturday, December 15: Art Institute of Chicago will present “Lifelong Learning Art Insights,” to offer a historical and enlightening experience for participants who may not be able to visit the Art Institute on their own.
The programs will continue each third Saturday of the month. Programs for 2019 will be announced when scheduled.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to improve themselves through the various forms of literacy. People with dementia and their care partners are important stakeholders in the Evanston community. The library & SASI are pleased to offer a dedicated program to broaden opportunities for fun and education. The program is free and no registration is necessary, but is encouraged. Call Deborah Jones-Miller at 847-864-7274, or send an email to info@SASIathome.org.