Memory Café celebrates First Birthday

The Memory Café reached its first milestone during Seniors Week (29 October to 5 November), celebrating a successful first year making a difference to the lives of those living with dementia in our community.

The Memory Café was the brainchild and inspiration of local residents Keith and Wendy as a result of their own personal experiences of dementia, and was "born" out of the Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Business network project (MAFAB) , a network of retailers providing a supportive, inclusive environment for all shoppers of all ages and abilities.

The City partnered with AMP Garden City and Alzheimer's Association of Australia WA to help make this dream become a reality with Coffea becoming involved as a MAFAB member.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City of Melville had almost 24 per cent of Melville residents aged over 60 and the second highest number of people living with dementia in the community compared to other local government areas in WA.

“As a local government our role is to ensure the wellbeing of our community, so facilitating, promoting and supporting an age-friendly, accessible and dementia friendly City is something we are very committed to,” he said.

The Memory Café takes place at Coffea in Garden City Booragoon, on the last Tuesday of every month between 9.00am-10.30am, usually attracting about 40 people.

Seating is reserved for people that attend the Memory Café, with staff trained to take orders at the table rather than people having to go up and place an order making the experience easier and more enjoyable for the attendees.

The first year has been so successful the Memory Café model is now being duplicated by other local governments in different areas. Garden City also took the award for Excellence and Marketing at the latest WA Property Awards.

As a member of the World Health Organisation Global Age-Friendly Communities network, the City of Melville is committed to supporting its senior residents proudly offering  a range of initiatives including the MAFAB network and monthly Memory Cafés to name a few.

To find out more visit http://www.melvillecity.com.au/seniors or call 1300 635 845 or 9364 0666.

For more information about Alzheimer’s and dementia visit www.fightdementia.org.au.