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 What is a Memory Café?

A Memory Café is an environment for learning, support, and social engagement. It’s a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, forget about limitations, focus on strengths, enjoy each other’s company, and explore something new. This r​egular event may include structured activities – like music or art projects – or educational events like guest speakers, along with fresh snacks and refreshments. Memory Cafés provide a safe and supportive place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can connect.​​​


In April 2020, the City of Phoenix became the largest city in the nation to be designated a Dementia Friendly City. Dementia friendly cities foster the ability of individuals living with dementia to remain, thrive, and feel part of the community in which they live. This accomplishment followed Mayor Kate Gallego's public commitment to increasing focus and attention on dementia care and services for Phoenix residents.

Memory Cafés are growing in popularity across the nation as one component of being a dementia friendly city. They offer a place where care partners and loved ones may connect with others experiencing similar circumstances through participation in social activities, music, therapy, and different forms of art. Early evidence suggests Memory Cafés help with social interactions and brain stimulation.

 The Human Services Department has been facilitating virtual Memory Café groups since September of 2020. In June 2021, Phoenix City Council approve expansion of Memory Cafes to increase accessibility for individuals living with early to moderate dementia and those caring for and supporting them.​ 

 What is a Dementia Friendly City?

A dementia friendly city is one that is informed, safe, and respectful of individuals with dementia and provides supportive options that enhance quality of life. ​These cities educate residents to build understanding and compassion for those with memory loss and their families. The City of Phoenix became America's largest dementia friendly city in April of 2020. ​​

Become a Dementia Friend Today

Becoming a Dementia Friend is the first and best step to building a community that is understanding and compassio nate of people with dementia. Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. The goal of this presentation is to help audience members understand what it is like to have dementia and encourage becoming a dementia friend. Memory Café staff shared resources, tips for communicating, and how the program can make a difference in the lives of individuals living with dementia.

We are proud to offer Dementia Friends information sessions to individuals or groups. To find a session near you, please contact alice.relf@phoenix.gov or call 602-534-1752.

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Memory​ Cafés Take Place At 

The Following​ Locations: ​​


Second and Fourth
Monday of the month
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.​


First and Third
Tuesday of the month
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.​


Every Wednesday
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.​


Second and Fourth
Wednesday of the month
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.​


Every Thursday
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.​

We welcome you and your loved one anytime. Registration in advance is recommended to ensure a comfortable and personalized experience. To register for a future Memory Café, simply call 602-534-5750 or email memory.cafe@phoenix.g​ov​

Memory Café​ Staff

Pablo Flores, Dementia Program Manager​​​​​

Junyan Tan, Caseworker II 

Jontea Byrd, Memory Café A​ssistant 

Alice Relf, Community Worker III   

Maria Tirado, Secretary II  

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To access other senior programs and services, visit Phoenix.gov/humanservices.

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