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History

The Memory Cafe concept was introduced by Dr. Bere Miesen in the Netherlands in 1997 as a way to de-stigmatize dementia and provide support for those diagnosed as well as their caregivers. Over time the concept spread throughout Europe, the United States and other countries. The concept is public domain and is not “owned” by any one entity; therefore there is a lot of variety in the way Memory Cafes are offered. 

The program for Memory Makers of the Midsouth was developed by Kristen Miller, owner of Midsouth Aging Consultant. Ms. Miller was intrigued by the Memory Café concept and attempted many times to recruit libraries, churches, and even museums to open their own Café by offering support. However, each place shared that while they liked the concept, they lacked the staff, the knowledge, and the budget to bring it to fruition. That sparked the idea to add a mobile Memory Café service to her business and write the guidebook, A Year of Meaningful Dementia Activity Themes. Within the first year of offering mobile Memory Cafes, the interest in them became great enough that it was necessary to form an organization to support and grow them; thus Memory Makers of the Midsouth was born. 

Leadership

Board of Directors:

President, Mary-Hampton Singleton                   Maxim Healthcare

Treasurer, Steve Chandler                                      Elect Home Care

Secretary, Lisa Bobal                                               Apple Grove Senior Living

Candace Gibson                                                     Comfort Keepers

Jill Hall                                                                     City View Towers

Genell Holloway                                                     Eagle Hollow Enterprises

Cindy Longmire                                                     Your Place Mani Pedi

Tonya Wales                                                            Baptist Home Health & Hospice

Jenn Warne                                                              Senior Helpers

Advisory Council:

Carmelyta Cai                                                          First Light Home Care

Kelly Chandler                                                         Great Southern Senior Living

Rod Marter                                                               Senior Helpers

Lisa Shurden                                                            Senior Helpers

Memory Makers of the Midsouth logo
Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller, Executive Director

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Friends of Memory Makers

The services offered by Memory Makers of the Midsouth to those with memory loss and their care partners would not be possible without the generous support of:

Our Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Our Host Locations

Our Refreshment Sponsors

Jinliang & Carmelyta Cai

Steve & Kelly Chandler

The Best Times Newspaper

Crown Trophy of Cordova

Pete & Amy Singleton

4Imprint One by One Corporate Giving

The Pat Summitt Foundation

S & S Activewear

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