Dementia Friendly Sun Lakes Presents: Memory Café

Join our community of family members, care partners, dementia professionals, & people living with memory loss.  Sun Lakes Memory Café is a safe and engaging environment where both care partners find comfort, connection, affirmation, and short-term respite for their mind, body and spirit.  We gather weekly to enjoy coffee & pastries with new friends.  Café offers engaging activities for those with cognitive changes while their care partners connect in a support group. Our community partners and dementia experts are here to support you along your journey!

WHEN: Mondays 9:30am – 11:00am
(closed on major holidays)

WHERE: Sun Lakes United Methodist Church
9248 E. Riggs Rd,
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
(in Education Center) North side of church, across from covered parking

Join the Dementia Friendly
Sun Lakes Movement!

It’s a BIG project that only asks for a small commitment

Become a Dementia Friend

Become an advocate for those with dementia and receive a certificate as a Dementia Friend.


Contact Elaine Poker-Yount, Café Chair:
Phone: (480) 203-8548


Dementia Friends Arizona encourages everyone to join this global movement and transform how you think, act, and talk about memory loss. By becoming a Dementia Friend, you’ll gain a critical understanding of dementia, its common types, and how you can turn that understanding into action.

After participating in a one-hour session, you can become a Dementia Friend in Sun Lakes, Arizona. This session will provide you with a change in perspective, a deeper sense of compassion, and the tools necessary to make a difference for the people living with memory loss that you encounter in the future.

Anyone can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in making Sun Lakes dementia friendly! From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts.

Dementia Friendly Resources


“Dementia Untangled” brings prominent experts together to help caregivers learn ways to better navigate their complicated roles and provide informed care to their loved ones.

Co-Hosted by Heather Mulder and Janice Greeno, and produced by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute.

Each episode creates a unique environment to untangle the complex world of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The expert guests offer innovative ideas, practical strategies, and proven methods to guide caregivers along a supportive path. To listen and subscribe to “Dementia Untangled”:
Click Here

Dementia Resources

Brain Health Check-In:
Call 623-832-5747 for a free appointment
Or Click Here

Tools for Building Resilient Caregivers:
Learn strategies to help you cope if a loved one has dementia. More Info

Medical Marijuana and Dementia:
Dr. Walter Nieri, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, discusses clinical studies on behavioral disorders in general and possibly in dementia-related disorders. Hear KJZZ radio’s follow up story with interviews from a caregiver and an expert in the field of dementia.
More Info

Day Club:
The Perfect Place in Sun Lakes provides respite care, dementia friendly engagement, care partner support. Learn More

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s
The Most Common Form of Dementia

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure

4. Confusion with time or place

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgment

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or someone you care about are showing any of these signs you should ask others you trust if they are seeing these changes  and schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialist (neurologist, geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician)

Arizona is the
#1 State
for dementia and Alzheimer’s

150,000+ Arizonians have Alzheimer’s. This is estimated to increase 33.3% in the next 5 yrs

Half the people who have Alzheimer’s will never get a diagnosis

 Over 1 in 14 adults aged 65+ will be diagnosed with dementia

1 in 4 workers aged 25+ are caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s