Memory Cafe

Do you have someone in your life struggling with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease?

Memory Café is a Free, Volunteer led Program for people who have been diagnosed with early-onset Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Memory Cafe is designed especially for the community of caregivers and their care partners living with these conditions. Join a comfortable, social gathering that allows people experiencing memory loss and a loved one to connect, socialize, and build new support networks. Cafes are free to attend and welcome to all.

This program will be held on the last Wednesday of each month.

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“Somerset Hills YMCA is providing a serene space for those living with dementia and their caregivers,” says Lisa Pensabene, Senior Wellness Director, Somerset Hills YMCA. “We understand the emotional toll that dementia can take, and we’re here to provide solace, understanding, and companionship.”

Important Identification Information

The safety of children and all who use our facility is a top priority at the Greater Somerset County YMCA. All adult members, guests, and visitors must provide a state or government-issued photo ID to enter the facility. Our buildings are protected by Raptor, an instant screening program which will allow the Greater Somerset County YMCA staff to better protect our members and guests from potential threats. The Raptor System screens for registered sex offenders in all 50 states and is used by more than 12,000 schools and facilities nationwide to keep children safe.  Please come to the Y prepared to present a photo ID.


In an effort to ensure safety, and that we have adequate space and volunteers, we require every person participating in Memory Cafe to be pre-registered for each event. Caregivers must stay at the Y for the duration of the program.


If you are interested in volunteering for Saturdays in Motion (SIM) please follow these steps:

  1. Register for an account, or login to your existing account on the Volunteer Matters website
  2. Select “Project Catalogue” on the left side of the page
  3. Scroll down to “Memory Cafe” and select “Learn More” on the bottom
  4. Scroll down to the calendar box for available dates
  5. Select “Volunteer” next to the date you wish to volunteer
  6. On the next page select “Sign up”
  7. If you wish to sign up for an additional day, select “Back to Project” and repeat these steps



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