Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Memory Lane Café

Categories

Categories associated with best practice:

  • PP-icon1
  • Health Services
  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
  • Mental Health Icon 2
  • Social environments
  • Social Support Networks

Determinants of Health: Social environments, Social support networks, Access to health services, Social inclusion

Overview

Memory Lane Cafés are social support services for people living with dementia and their carers [caregivers]. They are based on the “Alzheimer Café” model first implemented in 1997 in The Netherlands (Miesen and Blom, 2001). A distinctive feature of the Café service is that both the person with dementia and their carer, family member or friend attend the service.

Café sessions occurred every four to eight weeks, depending on the venue availability and public holidays. There are between six to ten Memory Lane Café sessions annually in each of the three locations for this intervention.

Primary Source Document

Briony Dow, Betty Haralambous, Courtney Hempton, Susan Hunt, and Diane Calleja, Evaluation of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Memory Lane Cafés International Psychogeriatrics, 23:2, 246-255

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

N/A

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
Promote and facilitate access to the broader service system within the community
  • Community level
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Provide a forum for informal advice and consultation with counseling and support staff.
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Promote social inclusion and prevent isolation.
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Facilitate communication and sharing of experiences between families and carers, thereby fostering peer support.
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
Improve understanding of dementia and related issues.
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Mental Health

Risk Reduction

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Training offered to deliver the intervention
    • Other

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

    • Seniors (age 65+ years)

    Settings

    Educational Settings

      Community Setting

        N/A

        Outcomes

        Outcomes and Impact Chart
        Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
        Interpersonal LevelPromote social inclusion and prevent isolation: The intervention provided an opportunity for social inclusion and peer support. Many participants socialized outside the Café environment, and discussed going on outings and holidays together. Statistical significance was not mentioned. Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
        Individual LevelImprove understanding of dementia and related issues: Most carer, family member or friend attendees found informal information sharing to be beneficial. For group participants, some preferred the current social focus as they were able to meet their education and information needs elsewhere; others were looking for more information. Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
        Community LevelPromote and facilitate access to the broader service system within the community: Staff were able to educate people with dementia and their carers about other services. Although staff reported exposure to other services was a secondary benefit of the Cafés, there were benefits in people with dementia and their carers being linked with local service providers. Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
        Individual LevelProvide a forum for informal advice and consultation with counseling and support staff: Participants in each of the three focus groups appreciated staff being present at Café sessions. There was variability, however, in understanding the role of the Café staff which they could consult with them as counselors. Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.

        Adaptability

        Implementation History

        • Implemented once (could be a pilot) - The intervention has been implemented once and is theoretically replicable elsewhere.

        Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

        N/A

        Are there supports available for implementation

        Yes.

        Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

        No.