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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An experience of Alzheimer's Café (USA).

An experience of Alzheimer's Café by Jytte Lokvig :

" Interestingly, that particular day at the cafe had one of my favorite incidents. The place was full! We had more than forty guests. 

About thirty minutes into the cafe I noticed that a woman had lingered by the entrance for several minutes. I went to invite her to join us. She shook her head and said, "Not yet, I'm waiting for the “Alzheimer's people” to get here." 

I couldn't help but to chuckle to myself, because at that very moment one third to one half of the crowd had some kind of memory-impairment, but with the laughter, singing and cheerful chatter, one could not tell who was what. 

That's the very goal of the Alzheimer's Café : to offer people a place to just be "normal" (if there is such a creature,) be themselves, be accepted unconditionally, and be happy!"

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