Hadley Senior Center launches monthly ‘memory cafe’

Hadley Senior Center

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By SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer

Published: 03-03-2024 1:43 PM

HADLEY — Older adults with dementia or memory loss, along with their care partners, are invited to participate in a new monthly memory cafe opening at the Hadley Senior Center.

Connections Cafe, which is free for both residents and people from around the region, is designed to be a safe, supportive and caring space when it begins Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the 46 Middle St.

“It will be a wonderful way for those with memory loss to socialize and engage,” Senior Center Director Nichelle Liquori said in a statement. “It will also provide an opportunity for care partners, family, or friends to connect and find support.”

The two-hour sessions are part of Hadley’s Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly initiative and is funded with a small grant from the Massachusetts Association of Council on Aging and Senior Center Directors, Inc. through June 1.

Council on Aging Board members Jan Peterson, who is certified as a Dementia Champion, and Sarah Chadwick are facilitating the cafe.

This month’s cafe will feature local musician Sara Snyder, of Joy of Song Community Music. Snyder will perform on her vintage banjo and lead a singalong. The center also will have musical instruments available for cafe participants to enjoy.

Each month, the Connections Cafe will feature arts, entertainment and informational programs.

The current schedule calls for the cafe to be held at 1:30 p.m. on March 20, April 24, May 15 and June 5, with Liquori noting that the community needs and dates for additional cafes will be reassessed in June.

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