All gatherings (noted below) are paused until further notice due to coronavirus concerns & for the protection of our participants as well as facility staff members.
Our gatherings have blossomed since 2013 - every month gather in the community to align understanding and compassion in dementia-friendly spaces. Too often families going through Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia are isolated. We aim to change that. Our “neighborhood memory cafes” bring care-partners and loved ones together to immerse in the arts, take a field trip, experience new tools, let go of stress, and refuel with hope -- all at no cost to participants. Volunteers help us with the details and we cover cost of outings, visiting artists, and refreshments. Visit us on Facebook to see our joyful participants and the places we visit on The Emerald Coast. Call Hope Matters at (850) 582-3496 for more info and RSVP to attend.
- Crestview gatherings include a variety of music and are held at Carington Manor (10:30 AM) and Safe & Secure (12:00 PM) on the 2nd Monday each month. Call Maryann at (850) 582-3496 to attend either location.
- Fort Walton Beach has a brand new experience on the 2nd Friday each month 3:00-5:00 PM with a Memory Music Cafe! Join us at at 939 Beal Parkway NW to grow the gift of music, hear about the history of songs and instruments, and make new friends. Dinner is included too! Whether you’re walking through memory loss now, have been there, or have a heart for loving others through it — come see what happens when people gather to sing, sing, sing! Can’t carry a single note? The only requirement is a love of music! The Grow Your Gift of Music Conservatory awaits you and your friends! Click on the "memory music cafe" image below to visit our Facebook event and reserve yourself a spot.
"I just love the energy of the memory cafe participants! I am so thankful you invited me to share my music."
- Terrie D. Howze, Flutist
"Thank you so much for what you do, for us. Yesterday was a lot of fun! I like the pictures and will make prints to share with family."
- Peace & Joy, Esther
"My Mom, Daughter & I always leave the neighborhood memory cafes lifted up with joy in our hearts!"
- Robyn Moye Stanley
"The Memory Cafes provide a very special social opportunity for both you and your loved one!"
- Jackie Sawyer, Support Group Facilitator