A pilot memory café for people with Learning Disabilities and memory difficulties

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Abstract

Summary

Memory cafés have been found to normalise experiences of dementia and provide access to an accepting social network. People with learning disabilities are at increased risk of developing dementia, but the possible benefits of attending a memory café are not known. This study evaluates a 12-week pilot memory café for people with learning disabilities in terms of adaptations required and benefits of attending. Results indicate that affect levels significantly improved across the course of the café and that communication, interaction, alertness and participation in other activities improved outside the café. Future plans for attendance at memory cafés for people with learning disabilities are discussed.

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