Memory Cafes and Libraries: The Perfect Fit, Kernel of Knowledge Series, GMR


(gentle music) (cymbals crash) – It’s right at 10 o’clock Central Time, which is the starting
time for this webinar. I am gonna go ahead
and get started on time just out of respect for
everybody who’s here. As you can see, all attendees are
automatically muted on entry just to cut down on background noise. If you have a question please
type it in the chat box. You can either exit full screen
mode to see the chat box, or you can put your mouse
at the bottom of the window and a little option for chat
should pop up there as well. I will be monitoring the chat box for questions during the webinar, and I’ll read them to
Angela at the end (coughs). Excuse me, as always this recording, this session will be recorded
and posted to YouTube for future viewing. Usually it takes about a week to get our closed-captioning done. So I wanna go ahead
and welcome to everyone today’s National Network of
Libraries of Medicine webinar. This session is hosted by
the Greater Midwest Region as part of our Kernel of Knowledge series. For those of you not familiar with the Greater Midwest Region, we’re located here at
the University of Iowa. Hence the kernel of corn in our Kernel of
Knowledge series (laughs). We do have an exciting
presentation for you today, so I wanna go ahead and get started. Just make sure we have
time for all the content and some questions at the end. This session we will be offering
a one-hour CE certificate for it at the end of the webinar. I’ll post the link to that in the chat box and hang around for a couple minutes so everybody has a
chance to click on that. All right, I am gonna go
ahead and introduce myself for those of you not familiar with me. My name is Bobbi… Oh, Angela’s on top of
the slides (laughs). (Angela laughs) My name is Bobbi Newman, and I’m the Community Engagement
and Outreach Specialist here at the Greater Midwest Region. I connect with our public libraries in this 10-state area and beyond. As I mentioned, there is gonna
be a one-hour CE certificate offered at the end of today’s webinar. And I’m thrilled to announce our guest presenter, Angela Meyers. She’s the Coordinator of Youth
and Special Needs Services at the Bridges Library
System in Wisconsin. She has previous work
experience in public libraries and area nonprofits. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. So with that I’m gonna go
ahead and turn it over to her and turn off my video so I’m
not distracting you guys. – Okay, and I think I will follow suit and I will stop my video for now and I’ll come back a little bit later. Okay, so I wanna thank you Bobbi for inviting me to give this talk about memory cafes and libraries. And thank you all for taking the time out of your day to tune in. Before we get to the good
stuff about the memory cafes, here are some facts and figures for you. The number of Americans living
with Alzheimer’s disease is growing, and growing fast. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by mid-century this number could rise as high as 16 million. Alzheimer’s disease is
the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And every 66 seconds
someone in the United States develops the disease. Between 2017 and 2025 every state across the country is expected to experience an increase of at least 14% in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease
due to the increases in the population age 65 and older. Looking at this map of
projected prevalence of dementia by state,
the West and Southeast are expected to experience the
largest percentage increases in people with Alzheimer’s
between 2017 and 2025. Take a moment and find your state and see what the prevalence is going to be between 2017 and 2025. And a statistic that I recently learned from our partners over at
the Alzheimer’s Association is that 70% of people with dementia are still living in their homes right within our communities. As I was first getting
started in learning about memory cafes and who
they were intended for, there were a few terms that
I needed clarification on. So I thought I would provide you with some terminology for
today’s session on memory cafes. Dementia is an umbrella
term for Alzheimer’s disease that it can fall under. It can occur due to a
variety of conditions, and the most common form
is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60% to
80% of dementia cases. Caregiver and care partner
are persons that provide care for the individual living with dementia. This could be a spouse, an adult child, adult niece or nephew, a family member, a paid care partner. We also have care
receivers and persons with. This the person living with
dementia, not dementia patient. Person living with is an example of using person first language,
and it is the philosophy of putting individuals
before their disability. The basic idea is to
use a sentence structure that names the person first
and the condition second. For example, people with disabilities rather than disabled people in order to emphasize that
they are people first. Another term that you may
hear is families living with, which includes all the family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia. Well, you’re all welcome to
come to one of our memory cafes in Southeastern Wisconsin. I wasn’t sure how realistic that would be, so we put together a short
video to show you a snapshot of what you might see at a memory cafe. Okay, we’re gonna give this
a try here through YouTube. – [Bobbi] So, Angela, I don’t
think we’re hearing any sound. Are we supposed to? – [Angela] Yes, there’s music, but there’s no talking, so I
guess this will do (laughs). Okay, and if you wanted to
review that with the music, it’s available on our
Memory Project website, which is www.librarymemoryproject.org. I will admit that sound
didn’t come through. – [Bobbi] I’ll be
sending out all the links after the webinar when I
send out the recording, so don’t worry about trying
to chase this down now. – [Angela] Okay (laughs). So I wanted to just ask you a question. Can you identify the person with dementia within these pictures? It’s pretty difficult, isn’t it? Offering programs for
persons with dementia is just like offering adult programming but with sensitivity. It’s really no different
than offering a book club or a computer class. You’re just offering a service to the community members
that need it most. So what is a memory cafe? Memory cafes are social gatherings for those who are experiencing
early stage dementia, mild memory loss or mild
cognitive impairment, also known as MCI, along with a family
member or care partner. The cafe is a place to have
fun, share experiences, and stay socially connected. Memory cafes have roots in the Netherlands dating back to 1997 and
were formed as a way to break through the
stigma associated with various forms of dementia. It simply wasn’t discussed, and those with the disease
and their caregivers were suffering as a result. The concept spread throughout Europe and eventually to the United States. But I wanted to make
sure that you were aware that memory cafes are not respite care. Respite care offers a break
to the primary caregiver and is more of a drop-off program. Memory cafes are also not support groups. I wanted to take a moment
to give you the details of the Library Memory Project for which that is what
I am most familiar with in terms of memory cafe offerings. The Library Memory Project
is an umbrella term that consists of two different
groups of four libraries that offer monthly memory
cafes on a rotating basis. The first group of four libraries to form was called the Lake Country
Library’s Memory Project, which you’ll see on the
left-hand side of your screen. The rotation consists of hosting the memory cafe twice at one library and then it goes to the next location. What is unique about our rotating cafes is that besides the fact that they rotate is that the libraries do their best to send a staff member from
one library to the next to offer support and assistance. So you’ll see on your screen
that in January and February the Pewaukee Public Library
posted two memory cafes. Then in March and April, that cafe moved to the
Hartland Public Library. But what’s unique about our project is that the person from
Pewaukee Public Library actually travels to the
Hartland Public Library to offer support and assistance. Another group of four libraries
formed a year later in 2016, and they are called the Four
Points Library Memory Project, which you’ll see on the
right-hand side of your screen. Our project consists of more
than just monthly memory cafes, but also educational programs
on brain health and wellness and memory screenings which
I will touch on later. What do memory cafes look like? Well, our memory cafes
are 1 1/2 hours in length with 30 to 45 minutes of programming max. We build in a lot of time for socialization and refreshments. The structure is definitely looser than most library programs and can take some getting
used to for library staff. We have to tell ourselves not to overschedule the memory cafes and to be flexible if something
needs to change on the spot. While our cafes are advertised
as 1 1/2 hours in length, we like to build in some
time before and after to encourage conversation amongst participants and volunteers. We offer a welcome which
is general housekeeping and a casual ice breaker so that people can get
to know one another. A memory cafe at the end of
spring may use an ice breaker like “What are you most looking
forward to this summer?” Or perhaps a memory cafe serving ice cream may ask participants to share their favorite flavor of ice cream. I think when we offered
this it was butter pecan. So you’ll see from this
cafe timetable sample it’s a pretty loose structure, and it allows for flexibility. So it’s very much unlike other things that we do at the library. So as any librarian likes to do, we like to put themes on things, so at the inception of
the Library Memory Project our libraries have developed
their cafes around themes. While this is not necessary,
it has become a thing that we all look forward to. Programs are either developed
and executed by library staff, or in some cases presenters are brought in to share a subject of interest, such as old-time radio or paper marbling. A few examples of our
favorite memory cafe themes include a one-room schoolhouse which was offered by a
local historical museum, Zentangling, which is
like yoga for the mind, and making Valentine’s Day cards. The Valentine’s Day theme was a favorite, because everyone was laughing,
talking, and creating. And for once they were
just people having fun, not so-and-so with dementia. The picture on the right
shows our participants making Valentine’s Day poems
using conversation hearts. And let me tell you,
this was no easy feat. It included some new ones I
had never heard of before, like on fleek, text me, and BFF. We had a great time creating poetry and then sharing it with everyone. So who attends memory cafes? Well, we usually see the primary caregiver in attendance with the
person with dementia, but also sometimes we see
adult children, grandchildren, or adult nieces and nephews will accompany an loved one with dementia. There are also times when
there’s a paid caregiver that accompanies the
person with memory loss. We’ve had care partners come
alone just to check it out before bringing their loved one to a cafe, and that’s totally fine with us. In the upper left you’ll see that we have three generations pictured here. Clara, who is the primary caregiver to John, the person with, along with their daughter
and granddaughter attended our poetry and masks program. In the upper right we have a caregiver that accompanies the
person with memory loss, and they make a point of coming
to almost all of our cafes. And they even cross the county to do so. In the lower left we
have a not so sneaky wife trying to get caught stealing ice cream from her husband’s dish, and that was just a real treat to see her get busted by her husband. In the lower right we have Harry, a gentleman with memory loss
along with two grandchildren by a woman named Bea, another participant. The kids had an unexpected
day off of school, so they came to the cafe
with Mom and Grandma. The kids were a much welcomed
addition to the memory cafe where the participants were
learning to play Wii bowling. So why memory cafes? Research in the UK and the Netherlands show that memory cafe participation reduces social isolation, provides enjoyable
interaction without stigma, acts as an entry point
for needed resources, and offers access to information. We have observed that our memory cafes have helped reduced social isolation. In fact, some of our care couples that have met at the memory
cafes have become friends, getting together for dinner or a show outside of the memory cafes. And nothing warms our
heart more than that. The picture on the left is of a caregiver and another participant with dementia. The Humane Society came in to do a program about the benefits of adopting animals, and as a surprise we had a few
furry friends in attendance. The photo on the right
shows a group of folks making Valentine’s Day cards. There are two sets of families here, one with a dementia care specialist from the Aging and
Disability Resource Center. Having this resource at
the table is invaluable, as he or she can answer questions and provide resources on the spot. Nothing beats being able
to ask someone a question instead of having to dial a phone number and having to wait for that call back. Hopefully what you have heard
so far has intrigued you, and perhaps you are curious about what it takes to get started. So where do you begin? First you need to determine if there’s a need in your community. We had conversations
with our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the local Aging and
Disability Resource Center to determine if there was
a need in our community. The answer was a resounding yes. In addition to checking
with these organizations, I would suggest checking in
with your local senior center, assisted living homes,
visiting Nurses Association, or other organizations that serve seniors or persons with mild memory loss. You just need to remember
that you don’t need to be an expert in everything. You just need to know where
to find experts in the field. I would suggest that you
research memory cafes. This is a great first step
by listening to this webinar. There is a website called
MemoryCafeDirectory.com, which is a good starting
point for research. While it may not include
every memory cafe instance, it does list quite a few
throughout the country. I encourage you to visit
a memory cafe if possible. So how did we learn about memory cafes? Well, we actually learned
about memory cafes through the Wisconsin Library
Association annual conference where I attended a session
on memory cafes in 2013. We then took that a step further, and we took a road trip to
the Neenah Public Library, which is about 1 1/2
hours north of Milwaukee. And here’s what we experienced that day. There was a greeter at
the door to welcome us and show us the way to the meeting room where the cafe was being held. There was a registration
table manned by a volunteer or library staff person where we filled out name
tags with our first names. There was a refreshments table
manned by another volunteer eager to give us juice and cookies. There was pure greeter, which is a person that
is either a caregiver or a person with that can
help welcome new participants. There was someone from the
visiting Nurses Association acting as the aging
specialist and local resource. Then we had the memory cafe
coordinator/library staff member who encouraged us to sit with
the participants and interact. We found that wearing the generic, “Hello, my name is” name tag puts everybody on the same playing field and is something that we
implement at our cafes today. And if you were wondering, the theme of the Neenah
Public Library memory cafe was polka, and yes, we polka danced. And that’s something that we do today. Not polka necessarily, but when we have visitors
at our memory cafes, we make sure that they
interact with the participants and engage just like
anybody else at the table. Following our visit to the memory cafe, we talked about how
and when we would start our very own memory cafe. But first, we knew that
we needed partners. Partnerships can mean a lot of things. It can mean a business is
willing to post your flier, your friends at the library group will underwrite the costs of your program, or perhaps an organization
will send a staff member to support your program. For us, this is what
partnerships look like. This may seem a bit overwhelming,
but really it’s not. Partnering with organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association and the Aging and Disability
Resource Center is a win-win. You are providing a much needed program to people living in your community, and your partners can co-promote a program that directly benefits
their targeted clientele. We also consider all the member libraries that are part of the Lake Country group and Four Points Library
Memory Project partners. And that’s why you’ll see the
logos of all eight libraries. Also, the Bridges Library System and the Milwaukee County
Federated Library System are also integral
partners in this project. So take a moment and consider who could your potential partners be? Do you have a local chapter of
the Alzheimer’s Association? Is there an Aging and
Disability Resource Center, senior center, visiting
Nurses Association, perhaps you have a senior living facility or senior apartments, other libraries, or
perhaps local businesses that might be willing to host your cafes if your library doesn’t
have a suitable space. As with many library
initiatives, training is key. Pictured here are two
staff members at a training experiencing what we call fidgets. If you’re familiar with fidget spinners, you know what fidgets are. We learned that putting
some fidgets on the table for the participants can
help start conversation or even ease anxiety by having something to manipulate in one’s hand. Our memory cafe coordinators/library staff were invited to the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
for a few hour training. And this is what we learned. We learned the statistics of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We had a training that’s called What It’s Like to Live With Dementia where we actually reenacted some things so that we could get a better idea of what it’s like to live with dementia. We also had a communications training, and here are some takeaways: Speak calmly and slowly, allow extra time for a response, make eye contact and speak
directly to the person with, and most importantly, be patient. Those are tips that we
can use in everyday life, not just memory cafes. Staffing can vary from cafe to cafe, but our libraries have found
that one to two library staff along with one to two volunteers makes for an ideal combination. So we suggest that you have
some paid library staff and you assign a primary
and a secondary contact. This is important so that
staff can take vacation time, or if there is staff turnover, there is some continuity in the program. Our libraries have also
utilized trained volunteers to assist the day of the memory cafe. Those volunteers happen
to be community members or even board members. And our volunteers like to assist with registration and refreshments, interaction with the participants, taking pictures, and even
doing setup and cleanup. Dottie and Mary, pictured here, are our Four Points Library
Memory Project volunteers, meaning they go from location
to location to volunteer. They affectionately call themselves The Meet and Greet Group, and people are really excited to see them when they see them from
one cafe to the next. So what kind of time does it take to plan and execute a memory cafe? Well, I surveyed a few of our libraries in the Library Memory Project to get an estimate on staff time to run a monthly memory cafe. You’ll see there’s a lot of items here. We tried to break it
out as much as possible. The average time it took per month to plan and execute a memory cafe was 15.83 hours per month. This includes the time
to run the memory cafe. You may see a variance
amongst the libraries, because some of our
libraries have taken on additional opportunities to
update the library’s website and also the Facebook page, which I’ll give to you
in just a little bit. What is not included in
this spreadsheet is my time as the overall coordinator of
the Library Memory Project. I keep communication going
amongst all the libraries, and I also coordinate one to
two check-in meetings per year to talk about what’s working or not and to discuss any future plans. I also do quite a bit of marketing around the Library Memory Project in just getting the word out. You also need to take into
consideration physical space. You can hold your memory cafes in a meeting room within the library, or even out in the stacks,
which you’ll see here pictured on the left-hand side. This was one of our memory cafes where we had the one-room schoolhouse, and the tables for the memory cafe are setup right in the
middle of the library stacks. Yes, that means people
are wandering the stacks while we’re offering a memory cafe, and that’s just fine with us. Because not only is it
a marketing opportunity, it also breaks down barriers for stigma. We’ve also held memory
cafes out in our gardens, and you’ll see on the picture on the right we have a couple enjoying
their very first memory cafe where we made mindfulness jars. Where we placed some
glitter and clear glue inside of a mason jar
along with some water and then closed the cap. And you shake up that mindfulness jar and then you watch that glitter fall its way down and it
actually helps calm them. You can also offer them
out in the community. Think about collaborating with a local coffee shop or restaurant. You could also seek out
a local senior center to see if they might have
space for a memory cafe, and then you could offer your
assistance as a facilitator. Marketing is such a huge
component of our project that I would be remiss if I didn’t devote an entire section to our efforts. According to the staff
monthly time estimates, updating the flier for the memory cafe only takes about a half hour. This is in part because we
have a template for our fliers so that the only items that need changing is the location and the theme, which you’ll see with
the arrows on the flier. It really cuts down on the time it takes to put a flier together. And I thought I would show you what this Lego program looked like. The picture on the right is one
of our participants, Milton. He comes by himself because he wants to stay socially engaged, and he is building a church out of Legos. And when he was finished with that church he added it to the village that everybody was creating with Legos. So we had a church and
a library and a hospital and a police department,
and it was just really neat to see that come together. We have library van delivery service five days a week in our region, which means that we can
easily share supplies among the participating
libraries for our memory cafes. Pictured here is a traveling banner that goes from one location to the next. We also have a tote with
registration supplies, including project brochures,
name tags, markers, and fidgets for the tables so that you don’t have
to scramble for those every time you’re offering a memory cafe. The Library Memory Project website encompasses both of our projects, the Lake Country group
and also Four Points. We have a few trained library staff that update the website
with new events and postings on a regular basis. Clicking on Upcoming Events
will give you a better idea of what our libraries are
planning for the next few cafes. And Past Events will
provide you with pictures of all of our cafes, dating
back to February of 2015. We also maintain a Facebook page for our Library Memory Project. Each of the eight libraries
involved in the project have editing rights to the Facebook page, meaning they can add content and respond to comments if needed. Cross-promotion of each
other’s memory cafes was one of the things that
we built into our project. On this screen you will
see an e-newsletter snippet that was actually from the
Town Hall Library’s newsletter advertising the memory cafe at
the Pewaukee Public Library. The first time I saw one of
our libraries cross-promote the other’s memory cafe
in their newsletter, I literally had chills. Today it’s pretty commonplace
to see our libraries do this, and I am hoping it spreads
to other library programs outside of memory cafes, because we need all the
marketing help that we can get. In terms of marketing,
we wrote for and received a $4600 two-year marketing grant from Bader Philanthropies, which
is based here in Milwaukee. A few things that we’ve done
with the marketing grant is created a marketing plan and
a detailed monthly task list so we know what needs to
be done when and by who. We printed brochures for eight libraries to give away freely. So they all have them
out in their libraries on the desks at their programs, and we’ve even asked our other libraries that aren’t participating
in the memory cafes to have them in stock in their
informational brochure racks. We bought swag-like pens with a stylus, Post-it note pads, and
eyeglass cleaning wipes to give away at resource fairs, farmers’ markets, or other events. And let me tell you, those
eyeglass wipes are a hit. We purchased team T-shirts for
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s that was held last September
in Waukesha, Wisconsin. And we are again gonna walk
in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s this September as a group. We’ve done a few Facebook boosts, and we’ve also done some website hosting with the money from the Bader grant. So what does this all cost? You’ve heard that expression before, “You get what you pay for.” Well, in this case it’s not always true. Some of our favorite memory cafes have come to us at no cost. And you likely have access to some of the same
resources in your community. Our community members
have offered to present at our memory cafes and
have included programs like Herbs for the Senses where
local gardening enthusiasts and library patrons came
in and we used our senses to experience herbs from the garden. The lavender-infused
cupcakes were such a hit. We also had the old-time radio
enthusiasts club come in, and they did a very interesting
and interactive talk at one of our memory cafes. And boy, we did a lot
of reminiscing that day. We’ve also had a presenter
come in from SPARK!. SPARK! is a national program
that connects museums with local partners in healthy aging. We’ve had a program on masks and poetry. The Streets of Old Milwaukee, where the museum professional
brought in actual artifacts from the Milwaukee Public Museum for us to hold and talk about. We even had a program on
the beauty of a butterfly. We’ve also done some paid presenters, because sometimes it just works out that if you need to hire someone to alleviate the stress of
your job for the memory cafe. We’ve had paid presenters
for a drum circle, where we had a drummer come in. He brought in enough drums
for everybody to use. We’ve had a Shakespeare
impersonator and even live music. People really, really love music. They’re tapping their toes
and really enjoying themselves when we have a band. You can also do a homegrown program, like our Valentine’s Day cards. You’re gonna see some program costs associated with that when
you’re purchasing materials. And, of course, when you’re
providing refreshments you’re gonna have costs for that for cookies or cake or coffee
or juice, that sort of thing. Where can you look to
for that kind of money? Well, you may have to dip into your adult programming budget, ’cause this is just another adult program. You may also want to enlist
the help of your friends of the library group. Perhaps they’d be willing to sponsor the refreshments for your memory cafe or look for outside grants. – [Bobbi] NLM, NNLM. (Angela laughs) (Bobbi laughs) – [Man] I’ve heard a little birdie. – [Bobbi] I’ll talk more
about that at the end. (Angela laughs) – [Angela] So how do we track all of this? Well, registration is done
via a shareable Google sheet, and we found that that
is the best solution for library staff in various locations. It allows our partners at
the Alzheimer’s Association to also login and get
the attendance figures for their records. But they also have us take a record of whether or not the
participants would like to receive the Alzheimer’s Association newsletter so they can keep up to
date on what’s happening at the Alzheimer’s Association. And the library staff used this tracking for sending out cafe reminders, whether that’s through
an email or a postcard. And we let the participants choose how they would like to be reminded. The average attendance at our memory cafes has been around 15, which
includes the caregiver and the person with. And after 50 cafes, that
brings us to a total of over 760 served. So, of course, there are
challenges with any program, and I would say that
continuous communication is essential for the rotating
nature of our memory cafes. Knowing who is on deck and at
bat at all times is needed. For the libraries that have a memory cafe coming up in the next two months they need to start working on
getting marketing materials updated and distributed, get their program details finalized, their reminders out, and
their volunteers lined up. For the library in the queue to host, they need to send a library staff member to help staff their memory cafe. Marketing is also another challenge. Our audience is
ever-changing, and as a result our marketing efforts
need to be continuous. Also due to the rotating
nature of our cafes, we need to be ever-vigilant
about marketing each and every month to
make sure people are aware of the new location month to month. There’s also staff turnover, which fortunately we
haven’t had too much of, but by having that secondary contact on the Library Memory
Project has really helped in keeping things running smoothly. But I have to tell you the benefits definitely outweigh the challenges. We have formed such strong partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Aging and
Disability Resource Center that we just can’t speak highly enough. We’ve even had the Alzheimer’s Association approach one of our libraries,
The Pewaukee Public Library, to ask if they might host a
support group for caregivers, which is what you will
see on the screen there. I’m sorry, it’s actually for persons with early stage dementia. So now that is a regular occurrence at the Pewaukee Public Library in addition to the memory cafes. We have gained such a satisfaction of doing something truly meaningful for those in our community and becoming more aware of those with dementia and their caregivers. We’ve also really enjoyed assisting at each other’s libraries, which is allowing library
staff to see how memory cafes are done at different locations, learning what works best and
what didn’t go over that well, and getting to know the
staff at other libraries. One library said the extra
set of hands and hearts really makes the memory cafes a memorable experience for all involved. And, of course, continuous marketing. We’ve learned to make that a priority and seeing the positive
results that it shows. So I want to make sure that I send you off with some advice before you go forward and start your own memory cafe. Most importantly, we encourage
you to keep it social. Make sure that there’s
a social element to it and that it’s not too academic. But it can be educational. Make sure that the program is scalable, since you won’t know
how many are attending. Sharing limited supplies can
actually bring people together, however, if they have to share cake that might not be looked on as favorably. So always have some extra on hand. Make sure that you’re
flexible in your programming. Sometimes we tend to
overschedule our programs, so you need to be ready to
just throw something out or add something else in
if something isn’t working. The picture here is showing
one of our drum circle cafes. It was a favorite, and the
facilitator did a wonderful job of getting everyone interested
and engaged in the program. Participants who have not
been active in the past were tapping their toes
and smiling the whole time. And you heard me mention Bea earlier. Her grandchildren were the ones that came to the Wii bowling memory cafe that day. Well, this is Bea in the
middle of the drum circle, and she is leading the
charge by holding the wand. And so if she raised the wand higher, that meant that everyone had
to drum louder and faster. And when she lowered the wand, everyone had to drum slower and quieter. It was such a powerful
moment to see Bea in charge. If you aren’t quite ready
to start a memory cafe, there are other options to support those living with dementia in your community. I’d like to introduce you
to a few other projects that I’m familiar with. One is called Dementia
Friendly Staff Training. The training lasts between
30 minutes and one hour, and it’s an educational
session just for library staff. The training focuses on
understanding dementia and taking action to create an environment that is safe, respectful, and welcoming to people living with dementia. This training can be given to libraries and businesses alike. Also pictured on your screen is a flier from one of
our memory screenings. A memory screening is a simple and safe healthy brain checkup that tests memory and other thinking skills. The memory screening is
a series of questions or tasks that takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and can indicate if someone might benefit from a comprehensive medical exam. Then last we have Music & Memory, which is pictured on your screen. And this is run by a
nonprofit organization that brings personalized music
into the lives of elderly living through digital music technology, which has a result of vastly
improving the quality of life. I’m proud to say that a
number of the libraries in my library system are launching the Music & Memory program now. You can also offer up your library space for a support group to the
Alzheimer’s Association or another entity like it. You could also offer educational programs to the general public, such as Brain Health: Know the 10 Signs, care for the caregiver. I would suggest that you
check with your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
to see what types of programs they can offer in your community. And last, but not least, try to update your library collections to include items on dementia
and care for the caregiver. – [Bobbi] All right, I’m gonna go ahead and step in here, Angela, and I guess I should start
my video again as well. – Oh, I have one more thing to say. – Oh, go ahead. – (laughs) That’s okay. Being involved in the memory cafe has been one the most satisfying
parts of my career to date. And if you have any questions, I definitely encourage you
to reach out and ask me. I’m available by email or phone. You can even reach me through the Library Memory Project website. And I just want to thank everyone for taking time out of their day to learn about how memory cafes and libraries are a perfect fit. – Okay, as I said earlier
I’m gonna send out those links that Angela talked about in an email to you guys. I probably will wait until
the YouTube video is up. No, I’ll send them out before that. So you’re getting a lot
of thank-yous, Angela, and then I’m gonna go
ahead and read through some of the questions that came in. Somebody is interested if
anyone else has done a cafe. If you know if anybody’s done a cafe in an academic library setting? – I have not heard myself, however, if you go to the
MemoryCafeDirectory.com you might be able to
find an instance of that. Because I don’t think
that it separates it out by library type. – Okay, and then, of course,
if anybody’s on the line (mumbles) do respond and we’ll unmute you. The next question we have is do you know where to access that staff training, or who does that type of training? I think that’s the
Dementia Friendly Training you were talking about. – So we actually have a
coalition in our area. They’re kind of like a coalition
to be dementia friendly. And actually it’s like trained providers that are going out into the community to provide those trainings. So they are dementia care specialists or other folks that are
trained in dementia. – So not necessarily the
Alzheimer’s Association, but a local organization? – Correct, but you could start with your Alzheimer’s Association. (mumbles) would be able to do
that, or you could check with your Aging and Disability Resource Center. – Okay, and I know from
experience in other libraries that the Alzheimer’s
Association is always happy to work with public libraries. So they’re a great place to start. The next question we have is who administered the screenings? I think those are the memory screenings you were talking about. – So we actually have our
dementia care specialists from the Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center come out to our libraries and
give those memory screenings. And what’s really neat is
that we are just providing the space in our libraries. So we’ll use a meeting
room or a study room, and then the dementia care specialist will actually schedule the appointments with the individuals ahead of time in 15 minute increments. So the person comes into the library, checks in at the study room, and then they have their
memory screening there. And they usually provide
like a privacy screen as well so that it’s a neutral
and safe environment for the person to come to. And in our experience
we’ve had fully booked days with our memory screenings. From let’s day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Wow, and by privacy
screen you mean the screener cannot see the screenee? – No, meaning the public can’t
see who is being screened. – Okay, okay. – Yes, so they’ll setup
like a little mini-divider. – Okay, great. – ‘Cause the room has a window. – (laughs) That makes sense. Let’s see, the next question
I see is do you have much, or do you see much participation from younger individuals with dementia? – We have had a few individuals
that were early onset, but more so in the older area. But the Alzheimer’s Association and the Aging and
Disability Resource Center are actually two of our
best referral sites, so they’re the ones
that are telling people to come to our memory cafes. That they are a safe space for them. – Somebody posted in the chat box that Area Agencies on Aging
would be a good resource to partner with as well. And they posted a link in the chat box. I will go ahead and of course include that in the links I send out to everybody. So that looks like the end of questions. If you have one, please
go ahead and add it. I want to talk about a couple of things real quick before we wrap up. As I interjected during
Angela’s presentation, the GMR office and probably
your regional office as well has funding for health-related
type programs in our area. So if you’re looking for a funding source for something like this or something else related to health or
wellness at your library, you definitely should
contact your regional office. If you’re in the Greater Midwest Region, one of these 10 states,
you want to contact me and I’ll work with you on your application that ends in funding opportunities. Those funding opportunities are available to all types of libraries
and other organizations. So if you’ve got an idea
for a project let us know. We’re always happy to fund things. Angela, we’ve got another question. How have the memory cafes been received by the libraries’ directors
and boards of trustees? Or board of trustees? – So incredibly favorably
that it’s ridiculous. We actually have two board members that come to our memory cafes
to assist with registration, and then just the general
flow of the memory cafe. Some of our library directors are actually some of the primary or secondary contacts on the memory cafes, ’cause they wanted to be a leader in this. So we have had such a wonderful
response to the memory cafe. – So I don’t know if everybody knows this, but obviously dementia and Alzheimer’s are not limited to older adults, but they are the larger
percentage of that group. And we have a growing
population with that, and so we definitely have
a lot of programs going on, I think, or we’re gonna
see an increase in programs centered around that. I’m working with a library
in Indiana right now on some programs they’re
doing around palliative care, where they’re bringing in the Alzheimer’s Association as well. So I think they’re a
great group to work with. And I know us at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
have a couple of different courses and presentations on free ad, free resources for senior
health information. Some of which is related to
dementia and Alzheimer’s. All right, it looks like that
might be it for questions. I want to give everybody
just a couple more seconds, ’cause I know typing isn’t
always the fastest thing. And I want to thank Angela
so much for agreeing to do this presentation for me. I appreciate it so much. As I mentioned, my job here is to connect with public libraries, and part of what that
means is chasing down the people in my region
who are doing amazing work and begging them to come talk about it. (Bobbi laughs) And sometimes they’re hard to find. You know, public librarians
are sometimes a shy bunch. So if anybody’s on the call
or listening to the recording that is doing something amazing related to health and wellness at their library and would like to do a webinar, please, please email me (laughs). We’ll get you setup. All right, I don’t see any
other questions come in. I am gonna go ahead and post that link for the survey into the chat box. That’s gonna give you a one-hour CE certificate for this class. You will need to do… Oh, okay, great. Thank you, April. You will need to go ahead
and complete that survey. You’ll go through a portion of it, and then it’ll ask you if
you want the CE certificate. And you say yes, and then you’ll login. If you run into any problems
with it, do please contact me. As I mentioned, we’re under a
lot of transitions these days. (Bobbi laughs) So things might be doing, might be a little funky. I will be sending out
an email with the links, as well as an email with
the link to the video. After we get the transcript
and the closed-captioning done we’ll get that up on YouTube and it’ll be available to everybody. All right, I think that’s it. Everybody have a great day, and thank you so much for joining us. – Thank you. – [Narrator] Thanks for watching. This video was produced
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