Dementia Café

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Engaging Dementia is currently establishing an Irish Dementia Café Network. The development of the Irish Dementia Café Network was commissioned by the HSE’s National Dementia Office and is funded by Dormant Accounts through the Department of Health. The project was built on research which was carried out by the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia (CESRD), and involved consultation with cafe groups, as well as an expert advisory panel. The network is due to be launched in September 2020.

What is a dementia cafe?

A dementia cafe is a warm and welcoming place where people can share experiences, informally meet healthcare professionals and get information on services and supports. The cafe is open to people with dementia, their families, friends, healthcare professionals and others in the local community.

The four core elements of the dementia cafe are: Atmosphere, Support, Information and Community. A dementia cafe is usually run by a voluntary steering committee and located in a venue that is easily accessible for attendees. Most cafes meet once a month. There is no need to book, and it is free of charge.

Irish Dementia Cafe Network

The first dementia cafe was created in Ireland in 2011. Since then, other cafes were set up around the country, usually with the word dementia, Alzheimer or memory in their title. The development of the Irish Dementia Café Network was commissioned by the HSE’s National Dementia Office and is funded by Dormant Accounts through the Department of Health. The project was built on research which was carried out by the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia (CESRD), and involved consultation with cafe groups, as well as an expert advisory panel.

Numbers and locations of dementia cafes

There are currently 21 dementia cafés across Ireland.

Click Here for a list of all dementia cafes in Ireland.

Contact Engaging Dementia

If you have a query about dementia cafes or the Irish Dementia Cafe Network, please feel free to contact Grace Dennison.

Email: gdennison@engagingdementia.ie

Mob: 085 2691025

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