Harmony Cafe

Harmony Cafe

A typical day at
Harmony Cafe
11 a.m. Introductions and a visit
with Buddy, a therapy dog
11:15 a.m. Completing a service
project or craft activity
12 p.m Chair exercise for
caregivers, care receivers, and all volunteers
12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by one of GEM's generous community sponsors
1:15 p.m. Live entertainment
provided by one of GEM's talented supporters

Thank you for your interest in GEM Adult Day Services, Inc. on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality services to both participants and caregivers. GEM provides a positive and supportive environment for adults with memory loss, physical and mental disabilities and those in need of socialization. We welcome your comments and questions.
and the families it serves thank Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, its staff, and congregation as well as the many other local churches, community groups, and individuals who volunteer their time to plan and sponsor monthly Harmony Cafe meetings.
Join us on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W Kitty Hawk Rd., Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.
Add your email address to GEM's distribution list so that you always know what's planned and when.
For more information, contact:
Gail E. Sonnesso, MS, QDCS
AFA Excellence in Care Specialist
P.O. Box 3601 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: 252.480.3354 Email: gsonnesso@gmail.com <mailto:gsonnesso@gmail.com>
Or visit us in person or online:
2300 S. Croatan Hwy. Suite 201 Nags Head NC 27959
www.gemdayservices.org <http://www.gemdayservices.org> www.facebook.com/TheGemCenter <https://www.facebook.com/TheGemCenter>
Enjoy family, friends, and friendship at
Harmony Cafe

a monthly activity of GEM Adult Day Services, Inc.
hosted by Kitty Hawk United Methodist ChurchHarmony Cafe
is a Memory Cafe
Harmony Cafe is a place where any senior that would benefit from memory care may practice that skill in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment.
Harmony Cafe is a monthly event at which care receivers and caregivers can interact, laugh, cry, support, share concerns, and celebrate life with volunteers and trained memory-care professionals without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood.
Harmony Cafe is a
caring environment that provides person- centered living, encourages friendship, and fosters acceptance.
Harmony Cafe is a Memory Cafe that provide activities for care receivers and a change of pace for caregivers in North Carolina's Dare and Currituck Counties.

GEM gratefully accepts donations, which help continue programs year-round without charge to participants. Contact Gail Sonnesso at 252.480.3354 or email gsonnesso@gmail.com <mailto:gsonnesso@gmail.com>..
Cafe? Everyone!
More than 6 million Americans have received a dementia diagnosis, which includes Alzheimer disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy body, Parkinson dementia, frontotemporal and other subtypes. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80% of people living with dementia are receiving care in their homes (March 29, 2016). Yet these staggering statistics are expected to increase exponentially as "baby boomers" continue to age.
Dementia affects more than just the individual who has the disease. Caregivers, family members, neighbors, friends…each group also has a stake in learning more about memory care and how to foster a sense of normalcy for those who still "got a lot o' livin' to do."
Gail Sonnesso, the founder and executive director of GEM (an acronym for Gentle Expert Memorycare), and the GEM Board of Directors have made it their mission to alter the impact of dementia by changing "awareness, attitudes and behaviors with a primary emphasis on promoting best practices for training, education, and care." And that's what Harmony Cafe does on the first Saturday of each month for
♦ Persons with mild cognitive impairment;
♦ Individuals who are concerned about their own memory loss;
♦ Family members and caregivers for persons with a diagnosis.
Rachel Besancon, RN
Susan Firman, RN Mary Ellen Hawthorne Oscar Northern Delana Phillips, MD Rev. George Smith
Harmony Cafe is open to anyone without formal referral or assessment. GEM does not charge a fee for an individual accompanied by a caregiver.
Board of Directors
Angelo Sonnesso, MA, MS, president (_ » 1'. \ 1
Ron Deveau, PC, treasurer
Jean Basnight
Terry Blocher Luanne Hege
Rose Clark Nancy Kosanovich, NP, retired
Rev. Charles Daly Cathy Pfendler, RN
Susan Darling Rosalind Pugh

Who benefit
GEM also acknowledges the technical support of Roger Pfendler.