Memory Café in Keshena helps people and their caregivers

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Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Joyce Wayka, tribal dementia care specialist, has started a Memory Café in Keshena.

A Memory Café is available at the Keshena Senior Center every third Tuesday of the month. The Memory Café is for people with early stage memory loss, their caregivers and family. They can spend time with others who are experiencing the same journey.

Tribal dementia care specialist, Joyce Wayka, provides the activities.

“Anyone can come,” she said. “I would like people, their caregivers, and relatives to be involved.”

Wayka provides coffee, juice and snacks for the activities which are from 1:30-3 p.m.

“I attended cafés in Green Bay and Shawano to get an idea of what they do,” she said.

Her activities go along with the holidays. In November, they made centerpieces, and in December, they made wreaths. She likes to do things that the participants can take home.

“I’m very creative,” said Wayka, who has two associate degrees and is working on her bachelors degree.

She said the café is a fun and comfortable environment where everyone can relax and enjoy the company of others in similar situations.

“I feel like I can help people,” Wayka said.

She said her job with the Department of Aging and Long Term Care is a perfect fit or her. She previously worked in nursing homes and is familiar with those who have Alzheimers and dementia.

“There’s a lot of stuff that we can do to take care of the elderly,” Wayka said.

The next Memory Café is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1:30-3 p.m., Keshena Senior Center, N916 State Highway 47-55, Keshena.

For information, contact Wayka at 715-799-5270 or email jwayka@mitw.org.