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Memory Cafe offers support, educational resources for caregivers and loved ones with dementia

BAXTER—Each month, a group of 20-plus community members gather to share stories, sing and laugh as part of a distinct program for those affected by cognitive impairments.

It's dubbed the Memory Cafe, and it serves a role by providing a special outing for both the caregiver and their loved ones.

Caregivers and those living with mild cognitive impairment are invited to attend the Memory Cafe, which meets 10:30 a.m.-noon, the second Tuesday of each month, at Northern Lakes Senior Living, 8186 Excelsior Road, Baxter.

Its programming offers something for both caregivers and those living with mild cognitive impairments, including music programming, yoga, storytelling and humor.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Caregiving includes offering assistance with one or more activities, such as bathing and dressing, paying bills, shopping, transportation or providing emotional support. While a caregiver's role is extremely important, it is often highly stressful and extremely isolating. This is why support groups like the Memory Cafe are so important, a news release stated.

"The Memory Cafe has given hope to many families who often feel alone in this journey," stated Ashley Yilitalo, Northern Lakes executive director, in the release. "Because of the overwhelming response we have received from the community, we are looking to expand this programming into other areas within in the Brainerd lakes area."

For more information, contact Angelique Hayes at 218-454-2121.