Being socially active promotes brain health. For people with dementia, socializing regularly is a mood lifter and helps avoid feelings of isolation and depression. Participants in early stage social engagement programs should have mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s or other dementia, express themselves verbally, and be able to participate the give and take of normal conversation. The groups listed below welcome people with dementia and a companion.
The Friday Group
Alzheimer’s Association Fort Worth office
Every Friday from 10:30 to noon
Association staff and volunteers facilitate conversations and activities that are meant to stimulate, entertain and amuse. The group does something different every Friday! In addition to parties, guest speakers, crafts and games, a video projector connected to the internet allows the group to play music, look up a favorite movie scene, or otherwise search anything and everything that comes to mind. Topics tend to be very general, allowing for improvisation and spontaneity, and are usually fairly lighthearted.
For more information about the Friday Group, please contact Lisa Buck at 817.336.4949, ext. 1482.
Grace Memory Cafe
Grace Presbyterian Church in Arlington
Third Saturday of the Month
10 to 11:30 a.m.
The friendly gathering offers a fun, relaxing, social time for people with dementia and their care partners. Each meeting is planned around a different theme, with conversation, refreshments, games and singing. For more information or to join the Grace Memory Cafe, please call the church at (817) 468-0868.
Fifth Street Cafe: A Dementia Friendly Social Club
First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth
First Wednesday of the month
10:30 a.m. to noon.
Anyone with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment or a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia is welcome to join this group for friendship, conversation and a break from the daily routine. For more information, contact Dementia Friendly Fort Worth at 817-332-6266.
Amon Carter Museum of Art
Third Thursday of the Month
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Artful Moments is a monthly program for visitors with early stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants will explore themes inspired by artists and artworks in the collection and do some hands-on activities. Click HERE for more information