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Bistrot Mémoire

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Bistrot Mémoire

Inspired by the Alzheimer or Memory Café concept from the Netherlands, Bistrot Mémoire was first established in Rennes in 2004 and now exists in 41 communities across France. This initiative was originally developed by a collection of institutions and volunteers, but is now run by a board of governors, which includes people with dementia and carers. Each Bistrot Mémoire takes place weekly in a popular city café and people with dementia and carers are encouraged to attend to share their feelings and experiences with others and forge new friendships. The aim of the project is to support people with dementia and their carers while reducing society’s attitudes towards dementia. In Rennes itself, it was reported in 2012 that 25 people with dementia and carers were attending on a weekly basis.