The Alzheimer Cafe Model

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The Alzheimer Cafe model originates in the Netherlands and is very well established there, with more than 180 Alzheimer Cafes throughout the country. Anyone who is affected by dementia – people with a diagnosis of dementia, partners, families and friends – can attend, share their experiences and get support from a range of health and social care professionals and from others in a similar position to themselves.

The Alzheimer Cafe is designed to complement other support services. It offers support, information, and an environment where there is openness about dementia. There is an emphasis on the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of dementia rather than just the medical.

The key aims of an Alzheimer Cafe include:

  • To reduce the stigma, denial, and secrecy around dementia
  • To provide a safe and relaxed place for people with dementia and their partners, families, and friends to meet others in the same situation as themselves
  • To provide meaningful support and education to people with dementia and those who support them
  • To facilitate informal contact between families and those in health and social care support roles
  • To supplement, rather than to compete with, reproduce, or replace, other forms of information or support

What happens at an Alzheimer Cafe?

The Alzheimer cafe has a relaxed and friendly environment and we want everyone to feel at ease. The first part of the Cafe is about socialising. People come and sit at tables and chat over a cup of tea or coffee, so they have a chance to talk with other who have similar experiences to their own. There is then an opportunity to hear a talk about some aspect of dementia, followed by a discussion and more general chat. People also have an opportunity to speak directly to the speaker, and to other health and social care professionals, and experienced volunteers who attend the cafe each month.

Guest speakers are typically health or social care professionals, but from time to time a person living with a diagnosis of dementia or a person caring for someone with dementia will share their experiences and recommend tips and strategies for living well with dementia.

The cafe (and refreshments) are free of charge, and like any cafe, people can come and go as they wish.

The Alzheimer Cafe in Ireland

In June 2011, a group of healthcare professionals got together to set up Ireland’s first Alzheimer Cafe in the Avila Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin. Since then, other groups of individuals around Ireland have come together to set up Alzheimer Cafes in their local communities. Some take place in the evenings, others during the day.

The Alzheimer Cafe Leixlip has been running since April 2016. It now runs on the second Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm.

Alzheimer Cafe Leixlip – 2019 Dates

Other Alzheimer Cafes in Ireland

Alzheimer Cafe Glasnevin
Venue: Clareville Centre, Clareville Court, Glasnevin
Date: the last Tuesday of every month. Time: 7pm – 9pm
For further info, call (086) 152 7917.

Alzheimer Cafe Cabra
Venue: Santa Sabina House, Dominican Campus, 183 Navan Road, Cabra
Date: the First Tuesday of every month. Time: 7pm – 9pm
For further info, call
Edel Murphy at (086) 121 6919

South Dublin Alzheimer Cafe
Venue: Bloomfield Care Centre
Date: the second Wednesday of every month. Time: 7pm – 9pm
For further info, call Frances Redmond at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland at (086) 7926766 or email

Kildare Alzheimer Cafe
Venue: McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare
Date: the last Wednesday of every month. Time: 7pm – 9pm
For further info, call Anne Harris at 087 6057264.

Alzheimer Cafe, Meath
When: Second Tuesday of every month
Time: 2-4 pm
Venue: The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
Tel: Anne-Marie Russell at 046 902 7007 or Maggie Maher 983 3934763

Alzheimer Cafe, Carlow
Date: Third Tuesday of every month. Time: 11-1pm
Venue: Bethany House, Barrack St. Carlow
Tel: Delia Roche at 059 9134736

Alzheimer Cafe, Sligo
When: Second Friday of every month. Time: 11-1pm
Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel
Tel: Majella O’ Donne ll at 071 91 46400/ 086 8638171 or email

Alzheimer Cafe, South Tipperary
Date Last Thursday every month. Time: 11-1pm
Venue: The Resource Centre, Kickham Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Tel: Catherine Bartels at 052 6182730 or 0860490548

Alzheimer Cafe Cork
For further info, email

Alzheimer Cafe, Wicklow
When: 3rd Tuesday of every month. Time: 7-9pm
Venue:The Old Ship, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Tel: 0404 29928/9 or 086 2722551

Alzheimer Cafe, Wexford
Date: Third Tuesday of every month. Time: 11-1pm
Venue: Fusion Cafe, 109 North Main St, Wexford
Tel: Sheila Gallagher at 087 9471107 / 053 91 52828

Alzheimer Cafe, Monaghan
When: 1st Tuesday of every month. Time: 12 – 1pm
Venue: Drumkill Day Care Centre, Three Mile House, Co. Monaghan
Tel: Mae Murphy 087 6418267.