On Monday, May 2nd, Bridges staff member Angela Meyers attended the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter Network State Conference on behalf of the Library Memory Project to receive the Outstanding Organization Award of the Wisconsin’s Outstanding Caregiver Awards. The award “recognizes an organization, agency, or institution that has chosen as its mission the development of exceptional programs and/or services to benefit the Alzheimer’s community.” Prior recipients of this award include the Bader Foundation and Aging & Disability Resource Center.
A partnership between eight Waukesha and Milwaukee County libraries, the two Memory Projects- Lake Country and Four Points– provide monthly social gatherings called Memory Cafes to those with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. From animal visits to sing-alongs to container gardening, the eight libraries involved with the Projects have worked hard to offer fun and accessible programs for those with memory loss.
As Angela said in her speech, “When our public libraries met to research and plan the library memory project in 2014, we didn’t set out to win any awards or special recognition. We simply wanted to offer a judgment free zone for people to come together, learn and grow.”
Congratulations to the Library Memory Project! Find out more about the Memory Project at www.librarymemoryproject.org.