SLCEP announce memory cafe opening May 7

Wanye Mangold, Sun Lakes Creative Engagement Partners

The memory café opens at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church on the first and third Monday of each month starting May 7 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The café is a comfortable, safe and engaging place for families living with memory loss to meet others in a like situation. It is free to all families in the southeast valley and Maricopa. For more information, contact Wayne Mangold at [email protected] or 480.580.8317. You may also visit

Drop in, grab a cup of coffee and socialize with other families. A knowledgeable professional will be available to discuss a variety of conditions, answer questions, provide education and give supportive ideas. Cognitive engagement programs will be available to the care receivers along with a support group for the caregivers. Joining us will help you remain socially active and get connected to important programs and resources in the local area.

SLCEP is pleased to announce the additions of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Hospice of the Valley and Visiting Angels, East Valley, as new partners. The organizations associated with SLCEP have the aspiration to replicate its vision to other areas of the valley.

In 2016, SLCEP initiated music therapy for families with Parkinson and memory impairment. The participants develop a family of friends who help support each other and provide new socialization opportunities. The sessions are held each Thursday in the choir room at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. For more information, call Music Therapist Sun Joo Lee, MM, MT-BC, at 480-274-3206.

SLCEP is a coalition of companies whose goal is to create programs for families with Parkinson and Memory Impairment. The programs are designed for both the caregiver and their partners to eliminate the feelings of isolation and loneliness. The partners include Neighbors Who Care, Oakwood Creative Care, The Perfect Place, Hospice of the Valley, Visiting Angels – East Valley, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Keystone Law Firm and Wayne Mangold, a community advocate. Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation is supporting the programs, and contributions may be made to the foundation naming SLCEP. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is generously providing space for these programs. v