For dementa patients and their families and friends, ‘This group helps’

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For dementa patients and their families and friends, ‘This group helps’

Memory Cafes are a safe, comfortable spot for people with memory loss and their caregivers to gather, share information and socialize with each other.
Linda McCone, program coordinator of Caregiver Support at Lutheran Community Services Northwest, said there is a lot of stress involved with caregiving.
“This group helps,” she said. “For one thing, it makes the people with dementia feel less like social outcasts because a lot of them self-isolate, and by the time they are later on in the disease, it’s difficult for them to form friendships.”

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