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Memory Café

October 17 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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Havlik Center at Providence Hall

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Free will donation

No registration required.

A Memory Café is a welcoming place where people living with early to moderate dementia, together with their care partners (and/or family and friends), can gather together to laugh, learn and remain socially connected with others walking the same journey.

Memory Cafés are designed to bring people together in the time honored tradition of enjoying a beverage and conversation. They afford opportunities for engagement, support and networking in addition to offering a welcome respite from the day-to-day challenges of dementia.

Our Memory Café is open the third Thursday of every month. All are welcome.

Congregation Well-Being Coordinator Katie Harich, MA, CPC, said the group-driven gatherings are designed to address the isolation a dementia diagnosis can bring, by providing support, connectedness and community at a time when it is most needed.

A Memory Café is a safe, comfortable space for people to gather and connect with others walking a similar journey,” Harich said. “It’s not a daycare or a drop-off. The power of the group is in loved ones being together, sharing, giving and getting support.”

The Memory Café idea stemmed from the Congregation’s HOME (Helping Ourselves Meaningfully Engage) team, which Harich said has “broadened its focus” in recent months to include not just Sisters of Providence and those residing at Providence Health Care, but also the general public.

“In the past, we’ve been inward facing with our programming,” Harich said. “Due to the Sisters’ investment in staff’s dementia training and certifications and their dedication to serving the community, we are extending our reach to the greater community so more can benefit. Every 65 seconds in our nation, a person is diagnosed with dementia. There is no better time, nor greater need, for this resource than now.”

By hosting the Memory Cafés, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will become one of six cities in Indiana to offer the programming, including Schererville, Bloomington, Evansville, Fishers and New Albany. It is also the only city in the Wabash Valley to offer the programming.

In addition to the start date of Sept. 19, dates for the Memory Café events include Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19, all in 2019; and Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20, in 2020.

For more information

Contact Katie Harich at 812-535-2860 or kharich@spsmw.org.

Facilitated by

Katie Harich, MA, CPC

Katie Harich, MA, CPC, is the Well-Being Coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. She is a licensed Wellness Educator, a Dementia Education Trainer, and a Certified Professional Life Coach. Katie's passion is working with people to effectively navigate life challenges and to maximize joy while aging with grace through meaningful engagement, gratitude, humor and contemplative reflection.

Elizabeth Collins, BSN, MA

Elizabeth is a registered nurse and serves as the Clinical Care Coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. She has worked in multiple care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, home health and hospice, with specialty education in Ethics, Advance Care Planning, and End of Life Care. She and her husband, Dr. Richard Collins, live in Terre Haute and have five children.

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