Recently, JCE has visited “Alzheimer Cafe” in Amsterdam West. Alzheimer Cafe is a gathering event for everybody, mostly for the people who has alzheimer and dimentia and their families and people who are working for care.
The organization “Alzheimer Nederland” is supporting to organize the Alzheimer Cafe in every area’s and giving information about alzheimer, and many local groups are organizing this event every month. The staffs of Alzheimer Cafe are all volunteers.
There were about 30 visitors, elder people mostly and some young people too, the staff welcomed us and offered us free drinks. It was cheerful atmosphere, nothing depressing. After getting the drinks, the program of the day has started.
There were 3 persons. A woman, who was a moderator and 1 couple. The wife has alzheimer and her husband. We saw a short film, which was the documentary of their life with alzheimer. By seeing their real life with problems and interviews, we could understand about alzheimer deeper. I found that the idea of alzheimer I had in my head was quite different from what I saw in the film.
After the film, the Q&A and discussion has started, and most of the people asked something or telling their comments. It was great sharing of information and emotions about alzheimer, between patients and families.
JCE went this event, because of the client who will be visiting many Alzheimer Cafe in the Netherlands. We didn’t know about this event and not much about the movement about alzheimer in the Netherlands, so it was great opportunity for us to discover it, and we appreciate this organization so much.
The situation of alzheimer in Japan is very different, because of the system and the mentality, and the society are all different. Therefore, it is important to look outside of the country and learn from it is quite inspiring and we think it’s important. I was thinking if it’s working out like this, if there is Alzheimer Cafe in Japan. It can work out differently, but it seems still worth trying something like this, for developing the safety networks.