Postcards Underground – Letters of Gratitude Touched Our Hearts!

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Postcards Underground Letters of Gratitude Touched Our Hearts!

It was with great pleasure and surprise we received these wonderful postcards, thanking us for our work with Arthur’s Memory Cafes.  All our wonderful members at Arthur’s Memory Cafe (previously known as J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe), our founding partners: Arthur’s Residential Care, ACR Healthcare Group, The Alzheimer’s Research Center, Health Partners, Alzheimer’s Speaks and The Minnesota Memory Project have all been involved in the development and expansion of the Memory Cafes.

We believe it is was the wonderful article Gail Rosenblum from the Star Tribune, did on Arthur’s Memory Cafe which triggered these postcards.  If you haven’t read the article we encourage you to do so now.  Gail captured the essence of our group and how beneficial these gatherings are.  In fact, the response to the article was so great, we had 16 new people attend our very next meeting and now have two groups!   Our new members averaged a drive of 45-60 minutes one way, which shows you the need of these gatherings.

Maybe, just maybe you will you will be inspired to start a gratitude initiative like Postcards Underground and make someones day; or if you would like information on how to start up your own Memory Cafe we would be glad to assist you!

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Looking Forward To Our Meeting On The 27th From 1-3pm

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Well our last meeting was AMAZING!   We had 16 new people show up after the article in the Star Tribune.  If you haven’t read the article here it is.  We now have two Memory Cafe’s going back to back on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday.  Also we did change our name from J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe to Arthur’s Memory Cafe, so that is why we have a new logo.

Please feel free to join us!

2441 Rice Street  Roseville, Mn 55113

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A Booklet of Questions for Engaging Those with Dementia

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A Booklet of Questions

for Engaging Those with Dementia

We had a wonderful gift given to us at Arthur’s Memory Cafe.  Psychologist, Jeanne Bearmon has spent a life time developing and collecting questions to engage those with dementia.

After reading the article in the Star Tribune in January about our Memory Cafe Jeanne contacted us and wanted to share her book of questions with us.  Jeanne has asked that we make them available to anyone who would like them.  Facilitators may have to tweak questions to meet with individual members needs but there is reservoir if topics to discuss.

Please keep in mind there are all types of questions for people with Dementia in various stages of the disease and their caregivers in the booklet.  These questions are to be used as ideas and facilitators will need to evaluate the complexity of the question posed per person.  For people further along in the disease, less complex questions are necessary to use. Also you want to pose all questions so there is no wrong answer.  This way it is not a test of memory but rather an expression of their thoughts.

You can get the booklet of questions in a PDF format by going To Alzheimer’s Speaks website page on Memory Cafes’


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J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe Expands and Changes Name to Arthur’s Memory Cafe

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Wow–what a day we had yesterday!  Last month’s column by Gail Rosenblum from the Minneapolis Star Tribune really captured what the “Memory Café” concept is all about. Yesterday was our first get together following Gail’s visit, and the response to her article was huge.  Our group size doubled, and we launched our 2nd Arthur’s Memory Café!

A big thank you goes to Gail for taking the time to visit our Memory Café and really capturing the essence of our group.  Her article touched many. In fact, we had people who drove an hour one way just to find this type of support, and several others  who drove 30-45 minutes!

Yesterday’s meeting started with everyone together, allowing those who were new to hear the original members share why they like this type of social support group.  Repeatedly, members mentioned the ability to build friendships and have fun.  All highlighted how nice it was to be able to focus on their relationships as a couple or family, without focusing on the disease.

The original Memory Café group now has 14-20 participants on a regular basis and the new group has 14 participants already. The original group feels a sense of pride in helping others find this wonderful support group for people who are experiencing memory loss.  The only complaint we hear is that members would love to be able to meet every week!

Going forward J. Arthur’s Memory Café will be referred to as “Arthur’s Memory Café,” after the host and sponsor Arthur’s Residential Care.  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop at 2441 Rice Street, in Roseville, Minnesota. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us via email at info@ArthursMemoryCafe.com or contact Sarah Abbott at 651-567-0096.

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Today is the Day! Join us at The Memory Cafe

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We would love for you to join us this afternoon!

We meet from 1-3pm, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop in Roseville, MN.  Here is the address:

2441 Rice Street
Roseville, MN 55113

(651) 294-4782

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Join J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe Feb. 13th

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Join J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe Feb. 13th

We have had a great response to the article that ran in the Star Tribune and it looks like we will be starting another group which will run back to with our current group!  We are very excited to expand and meet the needs of those dealing with Dementia.

We meet from 1-3pm, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop in Roseville, MN.  Here is the address:

2441 Rice Street
Roseville, MN 55113

(651) 294-4782

Hope Those Of You With Early Memory Loss And Your Care Partners Can Join Us!

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Star Tribune Features J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe

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Today J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe had the honor of several visitors. Two new couples joined our group.  After our usual check-in with each other, Judy George of Mindful Movement taught us some t’ai chi chih which is the meditative art of movement and healing.  Then John Bird and John Harrison of The Living Tree shared information about  their new video legacy company with an amazing new tool to capture joy, history and the relationships we all cherish in life. Gail Rosenblum, a reporter with the Star Tribune, also came out and spent over two hours with us.

Please take the time to read the article Gail wrote as you will see the insights and the beauty these Memory Cafes have to offer those dealing with memory loss. Click Here To Read The Article Thanks, Gail, for helping us raise awareness and give hope to those in need!

Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, February 13, from 1 to 3 at J. Arthur’s Coffee, 2441 Rice Street, Roseville, MN.   Join us!  Visitors are always welcome.

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Memory Cafe Gathering Jan 9th… Please Join Us!

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Hi Everyone,
We hope you had a blessed holiday season and that the new year is rolling in with a wonderful thunder. We are having our first gathering of the year this Wednesday from 1-3pm and we would love you to join us.

J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop
2441 Rice Street
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 294-4782

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Start Fresh In The New Year

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2012 has slipped away it’s time to review all the blessed moments we had the opportunity to have in our life. It’s also a time to take the opportunity to make 2013 an amazing year. What is on your bucket list? What brings you joy? How are you going to incorporate happiness into your life?

We invite you to come and join us at J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe where each gathering is fun. It is a place where people build bonds, make connections and develop deep friendships. If you have a loved one who has early memory loss, come check out what you are missing.

It’s a safe place for people with memory loss and their care partners to thrive in a supportive in a semi-unstructured environment.

Our next meeting is Jan 9th from 1-3 pm are J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop.

Hope to see you there!

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Memory Cafe’s – Spread The Cheer Of The Holidays With Us!

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Calling All Memory Cafe’s -

Spread The Cheer Of The Holidays With Us!

Last year J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe did a couple of renditions to the 12 days of Christmas.  One was thanking the UK for sharing their wonderful Memory Cafe concept with us.  The other was a Caregiver Credo.  This year we have decided to do it again as we got such a great response. Below you will see last years videos we sent to the UK and and pushed out on social media to all those who give care.

The US Now Has Over 50 Social Support Gatherings For People with Dementia & Their Families!

We know there are others out there too and with your help we would like to find them to put into our directories. Alzheimer’s Speaks (make sure to refresh this link as listings are always changing.  I still have several more to enter in to the system.) and Carole Larkin with  Third Age Services are both trying to track them.

If you have a Memory Cafe that is not listed in the system, you can enter it my CLICKING HERE

Together we can make is easy for people to find Memory Cafes.

This year, we want you to join us!

Anyone who does a video and lets us know we will post here and on Alzheimer’s Speaks and push it out to our audience to help expand awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementias.  Please join this great cause.  As you will see it was all in fun and we were not going for perfect by any stretch of the imagination.  We all had a blast.

On December 12th, J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe will do another rendition using the same lyrics we used the prior year. Anyone and everyone is welcome to use the lyrics we made up or come up with your own.  The goal is awareness and to have fun doing it!

Here are our videos. Below are the lyrics…ENJOY!

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Below are the lyrics to:
The 12 Days of Christmas Memory Café Song©
of Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speak Dec 2011

We encourage you to make you own version or use ours to show your  support for Memory Cafes around the world.  Then send your YoutTube link to us and let’s see how many videos we can collect while raising awareness!

The 12 Days of Christmas Memory Café Song©

On the 1st day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
(And) A Brilliant Memory Cafe
On the 2nd day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Encouragement
On the 3rd day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Reason for Hope
On the 4th day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Needs to Fill
On the 5th day of Christmas the UK Said to us
Work Together
On the 6th day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Joy in Our Hearts
On the 7th day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Lasting Friendships
On the 8th day of Christmas the UK Said to us
Find Those in Need
On the 9th day of Christmas the UK Saw in us
Increased Excitement
On the 10th day of Christmas the UK Gave to us
Safety Net for Many
On the 11th day of Christmas the UK Said to us
Thankful People Coming
On the 12th day of Christmas the UK Said to us
Build with Community

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Below are the lyrics to:
The 12 Days of Christmas Care Partnering Song©
of Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speak Dec 2011

We encourage you to make you own version or use ours and send it to us.  Let’s see how many videos we can collect while raising awareness at the same time!

The 12 Days of Christmas Care Partnering Song©

On the 1st day of Christmas my Angel Gave to me
(And) a mind set to embrace change
On the 2nd day of Christmas the Angel Gave to me
Grace to let go
On the 3rd day of Christmas the Angel Gave to me
Coping skills
On the 4th day of Christmas the Angel Said to me
Look for the joy
On the 5th day of Christmas the Angel Gave to me
Great Insights
On the 6th day of Christmas the Angel Gave to me
Gratitude and love
On the 7th day of Christmas the Angle Said to me
Savor each moment
On the 8th day of Christmas the Angle Gave to me
Hope and compassion
On the 9th day of Christmas the Angel Said to me
Live to be playful
On the 10th day of Christmas the Angel Said to me
Self care is (cares) important
On the 11th day of Christmas the Angel Said to me
Perfect doesn’t matter
On the 12th day of Christmas the Angel Saw in me
My sanity is back!

Please Pass This On!

Thank you For Your Support!

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