Being socially active promotes brain health in just about everyone. For people with a diagnosis of dementia, socializing regularly is a mood lifter and helps avoid feelings of isolation and depression. Participants in early stage social engagement programs should have mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia and to be able to express themselves verbally and participate the give and take of normal conversation.
The Friday Group meets every Friday from 10:30 to noon at the Alzheimer’s Association Fort Worth office.
Each week, Alzheimer's Association staff and volunteers facilitate conversations and activities that are meant to stimulate, entertain and amuse. The group does something different every Friday! In addition to parties, guest speakers, crafts and games, a video projector connected to the internet allows the group to play music, look up a favorite movie scene, or otherwise search anything and everything that comes to mind. Topics tend to be very general, allowing for improvisation and spontaneity, and are usually fairly lighthearted.
For more information about the Friday Group, please contact Lisa Buck at 817.336.4949, ext. 1482.
Grace Memory Cafe meets at Grace Presbyterian Church in Arlington on the third Saturday of the Month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The friendly gathering offers a fun, relaxing, social time for people with dementia and their care partners. Each meeting is planned around a different theme, with conversation, refreshments, games and singing.
For more information or to join the Grace Memory Cafe, please call the church at (817) 468-0868.
Fifth Street Cafe: A Dementia Friendly Social Club
The 5th Street Cafe meets at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth on the first Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Anyone with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment or a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia, and a companion, is welcome to join this group for friendship, conversation and a break from the daily routine. For more information, contact Dementia Friendly Fort Worth at 817-332-6266.