Program helps confront challenges brought by early onset memory loss

Program helps confront challenges brought by early onset memory loss

The Senior Center at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly launches Memory Café, a new free program designed for people with early-onset memory loss as well as for their caregivers. An inaugural meeting is set for Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m.; after that, the group will meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be included.

Typically, people who are diagnosed with memory loss when they are younger face dramatically different challenges than those faced people by who are affected when they are older. This program is specifically geared to exploring these challenges in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment, where participants and caregivers can share, laugh, cry, find support, and explore their feelings and concerns without fear of embarrassment. 

The long-term goal is to promote social engagement and greater independence through activities and valuable interactions with others who are experiencing similar life-changing events. Changes in memory, thinking, and behavior can be signs of early stage memory loss; it is important to ask a physician about them.

“Our hope is to provide people with younger-onset memory loss with vital activities and resources that keep them engaged and independent and to provide continuity of care over time as symptoms advance,” Judi Nahary, the JCC’s senior services director, said.

Caregivers who attend this program will have an opportunity to form close bonds and socialize outside the program. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call (201) 408-1450 or email Ms. Nahary at

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