Memory Cafe Innaloo returns to support people living with dementia

23 July 2020

A joint collaboration between The Coffee Club Innaloo, Westfield Innaloo, Alzheimers WA and the City of Stirling, the Memory Café is an initiative designed to support people living with dementia and their families. 

First run in 2018, the Memory Café provides a safe space for people affected by dementia to socialise, share information and experiences to reduce the stigma and social anxiety sometimes associated with the disease.

It was put on hold while COVID-19 restrictions were in effect but will resume on the first Tuesday of each month from 4 August 2020 with physical distancing measures in place. 

Deputy Mayor Bianca Sandri said there were 55,000 residents aged over 60 years in the City of Stirling, which also has the highest rate of dementia in WA. 

“The Memory Café in Innaloo is a great example of what can be achieved through collaboration and we hope this great partnership will offer continued support for community members affected by dementia,” Cr Sandri said.

“The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of socialising and providing opportunities for people to connect, facilitate a support network and combat isolation.”

Staff from The Coffee Club Innaloo and Westfield Innaloo have received training how to best interact with people living with dementia to create a kind and caring experience at The Memory Café. 

Representatives from the City of Stirling and Alzheimer’s WA will attend each meeting to link people with the service.

Memory Cafes are an initiative of Alzheimer’s WA that recognise the need to encourage inclusion of people living with dementia in the local community. For more information about Memory Cafés, visit the Alzheimer's WA website.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Memory Café. For details or to find out about other services you can access, contact the City of Stirling on 9205 8579.
 
Where Westfield Innaloo – The Coffee Club Innaloo

When First Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm 
 
Backgrounder

Joan Milne is a Stirling resident whose husband is living with dementia. She was a driving force in establishing the café after finding the journey with dementia could be isolating for them both.

Joan wanted to help create an inclusive space for those living with dementia, to socialise and share memories and facilitate a support network for their families.    

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