Easing the burden for people with dementia

Four women wearing pink shirts standing in Fremantle Hospital cafe
Forget Me Not Cafe volunteers Laraine Civin, Angi McCluskey, Ronnie Baldwin and Mary Kelly
November 22, 2019

Forget Me Not Café (external site) is now running at Fremantle Hospital on the third Thursday of every month.

People living with dementia, their loved ones and carers are welcome to come along and enjoy a cuppa and cake in a safe and social atmosphere with no fear of embarrassment, misunderstandings, or judgement.

Founder of Forget Me Not Café, Angi McCluskey, is a member of the Fremantle Hospital Consumer Advisory Council and was recently named Metropolitan WA Senior of the Year at the 2019 WA Seniors Awards.

She noticed a gap in support when her husband Michael was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

“We received a lot of information about support and activities that we could do separately, but nothing we could do together,” Angi said.

“My husband and I have always been social and adored going out, and since the diagnosis we longed for places and occasions we could meet friends, without the awkward conversations and embarrassed faces.

“Forget Me Not Café are safe places for people with dementia and their loved ones to relax alongside others in similar situations.”

There are now 11 forget-me-not cafes around Western Australia, with the most recent starting at Fremantle Hospital.

Forget-me-not café at Fremantle Hospital

When:             10am – 12pm, every third Thursday of the month

Where:             Ladies Auxiliary Café, B Block, Level 5, Fremantle Hospital