The Power of Social Connection: Memory Cafés and Tête-à-Tête

Start time
11:00 AM Pacific
End time
Noon Pacific

Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living

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Includes 1 complimentary CE credit

This webinar showcases the Memory Café model, how the model has been applied in Florida State, and introduces the Memory Café network concept, which helps to promote and replicate the program. Presenters discuss tips for successful program implementation, drawing from a case study look at Massachusetts’ 100-member network of Memory Cafés. They also discuss how the inter-professional healthcare team at Florida Atlantic University partnered with a faith-based organization to create Tête-à-Tête, a culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate Memory Café−inspired activity. Presenters describe this partnership and the lessons learned on how to reach minority individuals living with dementia, and offers specific strategies, as well as experience and success stories from a nurse-led community partnership model of specialized care and support services.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the key features of the Memory Café model;
  • Identify five operational factors (e.g., location and choice of activities) that promote a successful Memory Café;
  • Identify specific challenges that minority communities face in accessing dementia-capable care and supportive services, and how to mitigate these challenges; and
  • Describe how an Administration for Community Living dementia grant help to create Tête-à-Tête, a Memory Café−inspired activity targeted toward a Haitian, Creole-speaking faith-based community.


Beth%20Soltzberg%20photo.jpgBeth Soltzberg is a social worker and the program director at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) in Boston, Massachusetts. She runs the JF&CS Memory Café, is Founding Director of the Percolator Memory Café network, leads the Dementia Friends Massachusetts public awareness program, and serves on the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts leadership team.



Maria%20Ordonez%20%20Headshot%203-18-19.jpgDr. María Ordóñez is a Board-certified gerontological and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for older adults through diagnosis, treatment, and management of age-associated acute and chronic conditions. Her practice seeks to transform healthcare environments by providing culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate science-based care interventions for aging populations, and is dedicated to meeting the needs of unserved and underserved minority communities.