Memory Café set Sept. 23 in Ocean View

September 18, 2013
Memory Café participant Rhoda Friedman with Angel and Roxy at the August event. SOURCE SUBMITTED

The next Memory Café for people with memory loss and their caregivers will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at the Ocean View CHEER Center, 30637 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View. This free community program is organized by CHEER, Delaware Hospice and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For September’s program, attendees have been invited to a Memory Café member’s home in Milford for a picnic and garden tour. Bus transportation from the CHEER Center will be provided, as well as food.

Living with memory loss can be challenging, especially for caregivers. In addition to the many physical and emotional challenges, the caregiver is often unable or unwilling to leave his or her loved one, resulting in social isolation. Memory Cafés provide a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn and be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey.

Last month, participants brought their pets to the session, and Aileen Murray from Paws for People spoke about the benefits of pet therapy for people with memory loss.

Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge, although a snack donation will be accepted. This program is not an adult day program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver or family member is responsible for their loved one.

Registration is required for this month’s activity for planning purposes. Register or learn more by contacting Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.

For more information about Delaware Hospice, call 800-838-9800 or visit

The Delaware Valley Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association serves all of Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. For more information, call 800-272-3900 or visit

Since 1972, CHEER has been providing home healthcare services to individuals so they can remain safe and independent in their own home. For more information, call CHEER at 302-856-5187 or go to