The Queen City Memory Café is a monthly social event for people living with dementia and other memory loss and their care partners. The free café, established in 2014, is coordinated by a volunteer committee of professionals in the health care and geriatric fields and people who have experienced dementia in their families.

Based in Burlington, Vermont — nicknamed the Queen City — people at our café come from all over northwestern Vermont. The bond they have is that they or someone they’re close to lives with memory loss from Alzheimer’s and other dementias or from brain injuries or a stroke.


history of memory cafés

The café concept began in the Netherlands in the 1990s, according to some sources. Also called Alzheimer's cafés, they're commonly run by grassroots groups as with our Queen City Memory Café. There are many memory cafés elsewhere in Vermont, around the United States and in other countries.

The Queen City Memory Café has provided my husband and myself a place to get together in an environment where he feels comfortable. He has Alzheimer’s and is often uneasy in social situations, but not there.

— Sandy, Colchester, VT

If you’re impacted by dementia, you’re not alone

  • In Chittenden County, Vermont, it’s estimated that more than 2,000 adults live with dementia, and their families and friends are affected by it, too.
  • Nationwide, more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • More than 15 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.