Memory Cafes in Iowa

Find Iowa Memory Cafes near you and enjoy a “dementia-friendly” outing with your loved one. Some are sponsored by national organizations, while many more are offered by local groups. If your favorite Memory Cafe isn’t shown, please let us know and we’ll add it. It’s free!

 

Ames

Northminster Presbyterian Church

1416 20th St.  |  Ames, IA 50010
3:00 – 4:30 PM, 4th Monday of each month

Ames Memory Cafe is a monthly gathering of individauls with memory loss along with their care partners and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. It provides a welcome break from the disease and an opportunity to remain socially engaged with othrs traveling the same journey. Open to all, we enjoy singing familiar songs, coversation, and refreshments. For more information, please contact Jan Beran at 515.357.6432 or gberan54@gmail.com.
Last updated: February 2023

Cedar Falls

Friends Memory Cafe  |  Hartman Reserve Nature Center

657 Reserve Drive  |  Cedar Falls, IA 50613
10:00 – 11:00 AM, 1st Wednesday of each month

Friends Memory Cafe is a monthly program to support leisure, fun, and friendship for people living with dementia or memory impairment, their caregivers, and all others interested in being a part of this supportive community. The events feature nature and seasonal related programs and activities, as well as social time and refreshments! For more information, please contact Theresa Johnson at 319.214.0711 or theresajeanjohnson@gmail.com or visit their Facebook Group.
Last updated: May 2022 

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Memory Cafe
Chris & Suzy DeWolf Innovation Center for Aging & Dementia

9000 C Ave NE  |  Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
1:00 – 2:30 PM, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

This Memory Cafe is co-facilitated by two caregivers of people living with dementia (one active and one whose wife died.) They plan and implement the twice monthly meetings which feature engaging activities and educational information of interest to people living with dementia and their caregivers. Tasty snacks and drinks are provided. The Memory Cafes are held at the DeWolf Innovation Center where other groups and events are provided people living with dementia and their caregivers and may be of interest to participants in the Memory Cafes. For more information, please contact Kathy Good at 319.221.8866 or kegood@mercycare.org.
Last updated: March 2024 

Des Moines

Memory Cafe at the Library

Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Frankin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
North Side Library
3516 5th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313

2:00 PM, last Friday of each month
Event alternates between the Franklin Ave Library and the North Side Library

Memory Cafes provide a welcoming social gathering for people living with dementia and their care partners, focusing on person-centered care for those living with dementia. We’ll begin with relaxed socializing, move on to a planned activity revolving around a specific theme, and end with more social time. Memory Cafes create a sense of community without the pressure to share in a support group environment. Registration is not required but care partners must be in attendance as well. For more information, please contact Jes McCauley at jemccauley@dmpl.org or visit online.
Last updated: March 2024 

Memory Cafe on Grand  |  Wesley Acres, Dahl Adult Day Center

3520 Grand Ave.  |  Des Moines, IA 50312
10:00 – 11:30 AM, 4th Saturday of each month
For more information, please call 515.271.6701
Last updated: January 2020

Dubuque

Stonehill Communities Memory Cafe  |  Hills & Dales LifeTime Center

3050 Stoneman Rd.  |  Dubuque, IA 52002
10:00 – 11:30 AM, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month

Our Memory Cafe is a biweekly program to support leisure, fun, and friendship for people living with dementia or memory impairment and their caregivers. Each Cafe is different and will feature seasonal programs and activities, as well as social time and refreshments. You are welcome to attend as frequently as you wish! For more information, please contact Jolene Koopman at 563.690.9679 or jkoopman@stonehilldbq.com or visit online to see upcoming topics.
Last updated: May 2024 

Vinton

Vinton Memory Cafe  |  Vinton Public Library

510 2nd Avenue  |  Vinton, IA 52349
10:00 – 11:30 AM, 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month

Individuals living with dementia, along with their caregivers, are invited to join our Memory Cafe. We serve coffee and freshly baked cookies in our library board room on our lower level. We provide dementia-friendly activities and conversation starters. Please use our North entrance if elevator use is required. For more information, please contact Kelly Henkle at 319.472.4208 or khenkle@vintonia.gov.
Last updated: June 2024 

West Union

West Union Community Library

210 N Vine St.  |  West Union, IA 52175
10:00 – 11:30 AM, 1st Thursday of each month

Our Memory Cafe is a monthly gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their care partners and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The Cafe provides a welcome break from the disease and an opportunity to remain socially engaged with others traveling the same journey. We will meet for coffee, conversation, activities, and the singing of old familiar songs. For more information, please contact Jill Clark at 563.422.3103 or webmaster@westunion.lib.ia.us.
Last updated: April 2024 

 



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