We are so excited about the upcoming re-opening of the Cook County Memory Café! Our first café was held in February 2019, and we had such a wonderful time…and then COVID happened and we’ve had to wait these many months until we could begin again. But now we’re rarin’ to go and looking forward to gathering at the Hub/Senior Center in Grand Marais the third Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm!

A Memory Café is a free, casual gathering where people with memory loss and the family or friends who care for them can come together in a safe, supportive, relaxed environment. Guests share conversations over a cup of coffee and games, crafts, music or other simple activities. Memory Cafés are not a form of respite care. Instead, they offer a place where both caregiver and care recipient can enjoy one another’s company and interact with others who share similar experiences.

Big thanks to our October guest Nancy Giguere who will lead us in a short exploration of chair yoga. Don’t know about anyone else, but right about now I’m grateful for anything that helps me gently relax and breathe a little calm into my life.

We’re grateful for the support of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Live Well at Home and the Grand Marais Hub/Senior Center. Pre-registration is requested; call 387-3788 or go to our website, www.carepartnersofcookcounty.org to register or for more information.

-Christie John, Program & Volunteer Coordinator