Come to a Memory Cafe!

Memory Cafe is a casual social meeting venue for those with progressive memory or cognitive impairment and their caregivers. A Memory Cafe is a place where caring individuals come together to find resources, support, companionship, and fun. You can work simple puzzles, play games such as bean bag toss, Yahtzee, etc.

There are three Memory Cafes in the Washington DC area:

  1. Club Memory meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 1PM to 3PM at the Metropolitan Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Contact Sibley Senior Association at 202-660-5658 for more information.
  2. The Northern Virginia Memory Cafe meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 2PM- 4PM at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. The website is Contact Carol Blackwell at or 571-236-6933.
  3. Sterling Are Memory Cafe meets the second Saturday of every month from 12PM- 2PM at Galilee United Methodist Church Youth Center, 45425 Wind Rd, Sterling, VA 20165. Contact Dee Stuebing at 571-243-6199.


Alzheimer's Association National Capital Chapter - The Alzheimer's Association has local support groups that serve DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The National Capital website links to many other online and offline resources offered by the national Alzheimer's Association, including a 24/7 Helpline, education programs, Trial Match and advocacy resources.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center - "The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)." Their website includes caregivers' resources and research, as well as general information.

The Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) was formed in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the University of California, San Diego. The ADCS is a major initiative for Alzheimer's disease (AD) clinical studies in the Federal government, addressing treatments for both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. This is part of the NIA Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program's effort to facilitate the discovery, development and testing of new drugs for the treatment of AD and also is part of the Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Initiative.

The Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine is dedicated to the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease through innovative, collaborative, multicenter clinical trials. USC ATRI is the Keck School’s clinical outlet for testing of new treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. Paul Aisen, MD is the founding director of USC ATRI. He was the director of the ADCS until 2015.

For More Information

For more health, research and clinical trials information, visit the National Institute of Aging [] and Clinical Trials Directory [] and websites.

Listen to actor David Hyde Pierce discuss his experience with Alzheimer's Disease and his projects with the Alzheimer's Association [] in an interview with a WAMU 88.5 []. The interview is available in Real Player and Windows Media audio formats.