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One of My Favorite Residential Homes for Dementia

I Don’t Endorse Products and Services Often,

But I Love This Company!

Arthur’s Residential Care has sponsored and supported the Memory Cafe Concept from the beginning I brought it to the United States.  The minute I suggested they become involved in launching one they jumped with both feet in the water and have never looked back. ACR not only graciously gave us space for meetings, but provided treats and additional facilitators as our one group expanded to three.  They have been so progressive in staff dementia training and creating moments of joy for both their residents and their families; which I must admit brings a smile to my face and a warmth to my heat every time.  I am so blessed to witness their work.  Kudos Arthur’s Residential Care!

Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks


Insights from Arthur’s – Here is One of Many Free Tips


Dementia Cruise of Compassion & Camaraderie

We are honored by your response to our offering of the Dementia Friendly Symposium and Cruise and we are encouraging people to book their cabins before we are sold out!

For more details on the symposium and cruise go to https://alzheimersspeaks.com/cruise-with-us

Click here for the Symposium Program

Kathy Shoaf the travel agent handling the symposium and cruise can be reached at: 219-608-2002 or email her at Kathy.Shoaf@CruisePlanners.com


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Take The Survey Now and Help Define

What “Quality” Means to You and Your Family!

Open To All In The U.S.

University of Minnesota PhD candidate Heather Davila describes a survey to get input from people age 55+ family members, and professionals who work in the field of aging services about which aspects of “quality” in aging services matter most.

To take the survey go here: www.tinyurl.com/Qagesurvey

Contact: Heather Davila,

Email:  wood0132@umn.edu

Find a Memory Cafe & Get Resources

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Push Research Forward. Join the A-List

An Important message from our friend Meryl Comer:

Only twice in my twenty plus years as an Alzheimer’s caregiver has a doctor ever asked whether I was doing okay. Yet my husband would have never made the clinic appointment on time if I had not gotten up extra early to bathe, dress, feed, manage his resistance and drive him there. Now here’s a chance to be heard!

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic want to learn what matters most to you when you go to the doctor with your loved one. They need volunteers for an online focus group who are current or former caregivers for a loved one with dementia.

Click here to learn more about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study asking what matters to you when you go to the doctor with a loved one.

Study participants will be asked to join an online focus group and answer several questions over a week and a half posted by the moderator. Participants can choose to remain anonymous. Their goal is to help healthcare providers better support and communicate with caregivers by learning:

  • How health care providers can best help caregivers provide optimal care to loved ones while maintaining their own health.
  • How involved caregivers want to be their loved ones’ healthcare.
  • What the ideal “care team” looks like.

Please click here for more information about this important Mayo Clinic caregiver study.

Your opinions are critical to improving the experience for all caregivers when they accompany loved ones to doctor’s appointments. Let’s not miss this opportunity to make doctors tune into what matters to us.

Meryl Comer, A-List Team Member & 20-year Alzheimer’s care partner



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Come Watch “His Neighbor Phil” With Us Tonight! It’s FREE!

Come Watch The New

Hollywood Film On Dementia

“His Neighbor Phil”

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Today,Thursday – November 12th, 2015 at 6:pm

J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop

2441 Rice Street, Roseville, MN  55113

Hosted by:

Arthur’s Residential Care, Arthur’s Memory Cafe and J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop

Filmed Sponsored by:

Alzheimer’s Speaks

This emotional packed movie will touch your heart as you laugh and cry watching a family dance with dementia when knocks on their door.  You will see yourself and other you know in the characters played.  You will gain new insights as to how and why people act the way they do when illness strikes.  After the film we will have a discussion to help the audience decompress what they just say.  Join us for an evening of connection and help us remove the isolation and fear that devastates so many.

For More Resources and Information

on Dementia and Caregiving



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Pioneer Press Does A Great Article On Memory Cafes

What a Great Article by the Pioneer Press

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Article by By Sarah Horner

Photos by Jean Pieri

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For Information on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Caregiving

Check Out Our Website Below

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KSTP’s Photo Journalist John Gross captures the essence of

Arthur’s Memory Cafe


Click on the picture above to watch this video 

Members speak honestly as to why

these gatherings are not your everyday “support group.”

I would like to thank the members of Arthur’s Memory Cafe for being so kind to share their personal thoughts with us. I believe their honesty will help remove the fear of diagnosis and engagement.   Each of them was amazing in their own way.  Thank you  Ollie and Dixielee, George and Annie, John and Virgina and Bill.  Kudos for raising awareness.

For more information on Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafe’s please visit Alzheimer’s Speaks web page which will not only give you general information, but resource tools.  In addition, you will find Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafe Mentors!  These are individuals around the world that would love to talk to you and answer your questions as to starting one up or shifting needs of your existing group.  One Mentors, Debora Tingley, the founder of the Memory Café Catalyst will even provide you a FREE web page for your own Memory Cafe!

If you live in Minnesota and are in the Twin Cities area we would love for you to join us at Arthur’s Memory Cafe.  We meet the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month from 1-3pm.  Feel free to contact us!

We meet at Arthur’s Coffee Shop

2441 Rice Street Roseville, MN 55113 Coffee Shop # (651) 294-4782

Contact Sarah Abbott  with Arthur’s  Memory Cafe at

651-339-4266 wk or 612-567-0096 cell

Memory & Alzheimer’s Cafe Mentors

Carole Larkin – Texas – is the founder of ThirdAge Services. Carole is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and a nationally known expert in Alzheimer’s and related dementias care.

Lori La Bey – Minnesota – is the Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, internationally known for her dementia platforms, services, presentations and trainings.

John T. McFadden – Wisconsin – an ordained minister and his wife Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D., retired as Professor of Psychology, our the founders of the Fox Valley Memory Project.

Jytte Lokvig – New Mexico – is an artist, educator and counselor. In 2008 Dr. Lokvig opened the first Alzheimer’s Café.

David Light and Jim Delves, United Kingdom – with Carers’ Pathway.  They are former Carers now working together to help others and y have opened 26 Memory Cafés in the County of Devon UK, as well as other parts of the Country and abroad.

Sue McDermott – England – is the Peer Support Network Coordinator for Cornwall Rural Community Council. She has developed and facilitates a Memory Café Network in England.

Andy Francis, – United Kingdom – lost dear close family and friends at the hands of this debilitating condition. He developed a national UK directory.

Debora Tingley – Switzerland – is the founder of the Memory Café Catalyst. She is a gerontologist and has her PhD in Neuroscience.

For Additional Resources Check Out Our Website Below:


Debora Tingley, Memory Café Catalyst
Debora Tingley, Memory Café Catalyst

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Find Comfort in Caregiving

for Those With Memory Loss


Join us to learn about resources and support services to ease your burdens and maximize your relationships when caring for a loved one. A panel of members from Arthur’s Memory Café will discuss what a Memory Café is, how it has affected their lives, why it is beneficial and how you can join one.


Lori (Moeschter) La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks.  She will explore Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Come Learn About Memory Cafe’s From Those Who Attend them.  Also learn about several resources to assist you.  Lori was recognized by Sharecare and Dr. Oz as the #1 online influencer for Alzheimer’s.


Melissa Seeley of Senior Community Services,a local community based nonprofit, will demonstrate CareNextion,  a helpful online tool for caregivers. 


Co-Sponsored by:

Roseville Area Senior Program and

Arthur’s Residential Care


              Wed  July 10th    1-3pm     Rm. 108   Free

Roseville Area Senior Program

Fairview Community Center

1910 County Road B West Roseville, MN  55113


          RSVP:  651-604-3520 or  rasp@isd623.org

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Jiminy Wicket – Adaptive Croquet

Building Smiles Around The World

I’m looking forward to participating with our Memory Cafe in playing Jiminy Wicket Croquet on the longest day of the year to represent there is fun and engagement with life with dementia.  Arthur’s Memory Cafe and Arthur’s Residential Care will join together for a fun day of playing croquet.  Do to the weather we have decided to play indoors.  I love the Jiminy Wicket concept as it is so adaptable for locations and personal needs.  People who are fully mobile to those in walkers and wheel chairs and scooter can all  play!  Plus it’s a wonderful game for all ages to play together.  If you are looking for a why to have a lot of fun and engage those with dementia, their families, friends, staff and volunteers you need to talk with James Creasey the developer of this game.

Click on the picture below to get a great visual of Hoops to Hope

Creating Smiles Worldwide

croquet_newsJames is bringing this game into the school systems too to educate and engage our young which a perfect marriage of international interaction to help develop awareness and compassion while removing the fear of this disease.  Bring a smile to someone you know dealing with dementia. Contact Jiminy Wicket to learn how you can participate.

What Are You Waiting For Engage!

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ACR Homes and Arthur’s Residential Care

Fund New Alzheimer’s Research

I am so proud to work with the fantastic people at ACR Healthcare Group and Arthur’s Residential Care.  They have been so generous, creative  and supportive of developing new ways to care for those with dementia.  ACR and Arthur’s Residential Care not only sponsor both of our J. Arthur’s Memory Cafes, but Deb Nygaard with the company was also on the steering committee with me for the Annual HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging which was a huge success.  We had over 450 people attend  this spectacular event!

Each year the event has grow and I am always impressed with the wonderful information that is disseminated.  Here is a link to an article my friend Scott Carlson with Patch of Roseville did on the event.  If you are interested in attending this event next year please let me know and I will make sure you get invited!


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Postcards Underground

A Gift of Gratitude, Received in Gratitude

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It was with great pleasure and surprise I received these wonderful postcards, thanking me for my work with the Memory Cafes.  I do have to clarify though, that in no way have I done this work alone!  My wonderful colleagues at Arthur’s Memory Cafe (previously known as J. Arthur’s Memory Cafe), our founding partners: Arthur’s Residential Care, ACR Healthcare Group, The Alzheimer’s Research Center, Health Partners and The Minnesota Memory Project have all been involved in the development and expansion of the Memory Cafes.

I believe it is was the wonderful article Gail Rosenblum from the Star Tribune, did on Arthur’s Memory Cafe which triggered these postcards.  If you haven’t read the article I encourage you to do so now.  Gail captured the essence of our group and how beneficial these gatherings are.  In fact, the response to the article was so great, we had 16 new people attend our very next meeting and now have two groups!   Our new members averaged a drive of 45-60 minutes one way, which shows you the need of these gatherings.

Maybe, just maybe you will you will be inspired to start a gratitude initiative like Postcards Underground and make someones day; or if you would like information on how to start up your own Memory Cafe I would be glad to assist you!

Lori La BeyFounder of Alzheimer's Speaks

Lori La Bey
Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

Thank You

      Postcards Underground!



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