Memories Café

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Memories Café has ceased all physical sessions and has gone virtual!

 

Upcoming Sessions


22 Jan – Sing-a-long with Goldies Jukebox《金曲音乐盒》 (Mandarin & Dialects)

This ever-popular group will bring you evergreen songs that are sure to bring back fond memories of the past.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live
Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


29 Jan – CNY Special: Movie/TV Tunes with The Sunnies《阳光歌友》(Mandarin, Dialect & English)

The Sunnies are back to bring you good cheer, with songs you may have heard on the big screen through the years.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live
Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


5 Feb – CNY Special with Goldies Jukebox《金曲音乐盒》 (Mandarin)

Ring in the festive season with an hour of popular Lunar New Year songs.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live
Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


12 Feb – Valentine’s Day Special with The Yesterday Today Radio
《致后来的我们》 (English, Mandarin, Dialect)

Sing songs of love together with this group of DJs and music enthusiasts.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live
Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


19 Feb – Music & Movement with Yeong Wei (English)

Stretch your body and feel rejuvenated in this session of music and movement.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: Zoom
Registration: Free! Register online to receive the Zoom details.


26 Feb – Let’s Get Moving with Decadance Co. (English)

Move your body and delight in simple dance moves (sitting/standing option available).

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: Zoom
Registration: Free! Register online to receive the Zoom details.


Memories Café is a programme for persons with dementia and their caregivers, conducted at external partner cafés and restaurants.  The programme provides a normalised café setting for participants to interact through activities and conversations in a safe, supportive and conducive environment.

 

It offers a fresh change of environment to caregivers who may have long been attending support groups held in more formal settings such as dementia day care centres, while encouraging the interaction and bonding between the person with dementia and family members. Ultimately, it provides an avenue for persons with dementia and caregivers to have respite and enjoy themselves despite dementia.

The concept of Memories Café was originated from Dr Bere Miesen’s “Alzheimer’s Café” in 1997 in the Netherlands. Dr Miesen’s initiative aims to provide a normalised café setting for persons with dementia with the following objectives:

  • To minimise the social stigma on persons living with dementia and to encourage social acceptance through the engagements in a café within a community setting.
  • To provide an alternative platform for social interactions and respite to persons living with dementia and their caregivers, moving away from long-term care environment and their homes.
  • With organised activities for persons living with dementia and their caregivers, Memories Café aims to improve their interaction and bonding with each other.

The Memories Café programme, modelled after the Alzheimer’s Café, was successfully piloted in early 2014. The responses garnered from the two pilot sessions were overwhelming, which spurred Dementia Singapore to include the programme as part of its regular programme for its beneficiaries. The programme remains very popular, and fully enrolled at almost every session.

What do we do?

This is a two-hour outing for Persons with Dementia and their caregivers. The first hour focuses on engagement activities such as sing-along, enjoying a music performance, drumming, puppet and drama activities led by community artists, volunteers and staff. The second hour is designed for social interaction among Persons with Dementia, caregivers and customers at the café accompanied with drinks and snacks.

 


Who should attend?

Persons with Dementia (mild to moderate stage) who enjoy performance activities. The Person with Dementia needs to be accompanied by a caregiver.

 


Cost

Effective January 2019, the Memories Café programme is charged at $8.00 per pax (inclusive of GST) per session, unless otherwise stated.

 


Enquiries

Dementia Helpline: 6377 0700
Email: info@dementia.org.sg

Refer to our Care Services booklet to have an overview of our services for caregivers, and persons with dementia.

Welcome to Dementia Singapore, formerly known as Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA). Learn more about our transition.