The cafe plus concept: a different model for different times
- WINDHORST Carla, et al
- Journal article citation:
- Generations, 34(1), Spring 2010, pp.91-93. Published online.
- American Society on Aging
Mather’s Cafe Plus was first developed in 2000 by Mather LifeWays (MLW), an Evanston, Illinois-based not-for-profit organization. Café Plus locations were selected in urban communities with significant older adult populations. The early model was designed to attract older adults who would benefit from centralized access to programs and services addressing social engagement and well-being, in addition to meeting basic needs. Development of the Cafe Plus model focused on a “participatory paradigm” establishing partnerships among community leaders, health providers, businesses, and (most importantly) community-residing older adults. An evaluation of the impact of the program is presented.