The next gathering of the Vernon County Memory Café will be held in the community room at McIntosh Library, 205 S. Rock Ave., Viroqua, Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. It will also be on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

A Memory Café is a place where individuals with memory loss and their care-partners can get together in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. It is a time and place where people can interact, laugh, learn from, find support, share concerns and celebrate with others traveling the same journey without being embarrassed or misunderstood. A Memory Café encourages friendship and acceptance.

Each café may have the same mission, but develops its own “personality” based on the preferences and needs of its participants. Some cafés may want to be only a place of conversation and fun activities, while another may want to include elements of education. The participants will determine for themselves what they want.

The Vernon County Memory Café is a free service to the community sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Vernon Manor. Contact group facilitators Trish Clements at 637-5332 or Ingrid Constalie at 637-5421 with any questions.

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