Dementia-Friendly Communities

of Northern Colorado®

 

Memory Cafés

Memory Cafés

B Sharp Arts Engagement®

B Sharp Arts Engagement®

A Video from our Founder

A Video from our Founder

No one walking the dementia journey has to walk alone

When individuals and communities choose to be with our friends on the dementia journey, allowing them to be themselves, we discover that lifelong “WELL-‘B’-ING” is entirely possible. We invite you to be our partner in supporting our signature programs that help us build and sustain dementia-friendly communities.  (See the ABOUT page for our signature programs.)

Our Mission:

To create communities in which no one walking the dementia journey has to walk alone.

Our Vision:

“Living well with dementia” is the expectation, not the exception.

Our Values:

Dementia Awareness that promotes kindness and compassion within the community.

Empowerment that enables well-being for those living with dementia, their care partners, and the community.

Hope that enriches lives of people living with dementia, their care partners, and the community

Our Goals:

To give voice and listen to the experts (the people living with dementia.)

To increase dementia-awareness in the community

To provide life enrichment opportunities for people living with dementia and their care partners

To provide care partner support and education

To change the culture and raise the standard of dementia care in Northern Colorado

To become recognized as the local “in the meantime” organization, helping people discover that “in the meantime,” until cures for the various causes of dementia are found, we can make life changing differences NOW for people striving to live well with dementia.

To serve those currently living with dementia by promoting community collaboration, leveraging community resources and activities,  and providing education and life enrichment opportunities where gaps previously existed.

To empower those who give care to effectively interact in ways which promote contentment and lifelong well-being for those living with dementia.

To “B” yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado® was recently featured on The Denver Channel (Denver’s 7).

Join us in 2020 for our 2nd
JOY ON THE JOURNEY
community-wide intergenerational memory café.

Thank you for making this 2019 inaugural event a huge success!

Harlan and Marlene dance at a Memory Cafe

We love our friends at Memory Cafes.  Meet one of our couples:

Harlan: “Sometimes with my problem…this is the problem I have…what is it honey?”

Marlene tenderly responded: “You have dementia.”

Harlan:  “Yes, I have dementia.   I can’t get things out…Some days are good. Some are bad.”

Harlan looked toward his beloved wife and added: “Today is a good day.  I like it here.”

While reminiscing at Memory Café about favorite school memories, in the comfort of friends who aren’t rushing or correcting him, Harlan shared the story of when he saw his future bride for the first time.

“I saw her across the band room, she was over there, and I was over here…and I thought, “WO!”. 

All the memory café friends joined him in laughter. We asked Marlene if she thought the same thing.  Her attempt at a diplomatic response brought even more laughter: “No, not really.” Despite Harlan’s aphasia, he quickly came back in jest with, “and it’s been like that for a long time!”

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