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On Sept. 10, Dementia Training for Life founder Laurie Gunter Mantz, along with Briarcliffe CEO Akshay Talwar and certified dementia practitioner Stefany Reed will launch Johnston’s first Memory Café program with a ribbon-cutting celebration.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. at the Johnston Senior Center. Director Anthony Zompa, Assistant Director Millie Santilli and Center Coordinator Denise Bell will welcome Mayor Joseph M. Polisena as he cuts the ribbon and kicks off the opening of the new café.

The Memory Café is an opportunity for all individuals with all forms of memory loss. It is also a chance for their care partners to meet others with similar concerns and help support each other as they go through difficult times.

The Memory Café will also be a source of learning new skills, changing the stigma associated with dementia or other memory issues. The event is also aimed at providing socialization for the caregivers and those fighting the fight.

Coffee and pastries will be served. The Memory Café meetings will be held at the Johnston Senior Center on the second Tuesday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. For reservations, please contact Stefany Reed at sreed@briarcliffegardens.com or call her at 944-2450, ext. 202.

(Text by Millie Santilli, submitted photo)

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Stefany Reed

Hi there- We hope you will share this information with anyone who may benefit from participating in the Memory Cafe. This is a community service project- there is no charge for the caregiver or their loved one to atend.

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