Restaurant to cater to people with dementia, families

Indiana restaurant to cater to those with dementia

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A restaurant in Columbus, Indiana, is hoping to ease the issues for customers with dementia and their families.

Amazing Joe's has rolled out a new menu for Sunday afternoons called "Forget-Me-Not," WISH reported.

Nick Grams, the restaurant’s managing partner, had first-hand knowledge of the struggles dementia patients and their families have when going to restaurants. His mother died from the condition this year.

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Grams said it was always a challenge between forgotten orders and loud noise.

Once a month on Sunday afternoons, he will offer a quieter room with limited menus so dementia sufferers can enjoy dinner out, WISH reported.

The menu has only seven items, many of them finger foods, The Tribune in Columbus reported.

The staff has also received training on how to deal with their special customers.

Grams told WISH that he hopes other restaurants follow his lead in Indiana.

The town has also started an initiative that's called Dementia Friends, The Tribune reported. The program was started by Thrive Alliance in an effort to help make the town more dementia-friendly. They've worked with first responders by training them on how to deal with someone with dementia during an emergency, the newspaper reported.