Memories Café

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Memories Café is currently running a mix of both physical and virtual sessions!

 

Upcoming Sessions


2 Jul – Sing-along with Aloha Coast Ukulele Group (English, Mandarin, and Dialects)

Sing along with the Aloha Coast Ukulele group, who will be bringing you cheerful tunes in English, Mandarin and Dialects.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live

Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


16 Jul – Sing-along with Goldies Jukebox《金曲音乐盒》 (Mandarin)

Together with your loved one, reminisce fond memories as you sing along to Mandarin songs from the golden days.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live

Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


23 Jul – Music and Movement with Yeong Wei (English)

Stay active and have a good stretch in the comfort of your own home, accompanied by laughter and music.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube Live

Registration: Free! Register online to receive a link to tune in.


30 Jul – Sing-along with The Yesterday Today Radio (English)

Be delighted with familiar tunes in English, brought to you by a group of DJs and music enthusiasts – The Yesterday Today Radio.

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Soup Restaurant @ NEX
23 Serangoon Central, NEX #02-15/16, Singapore 556083

Registration: Register online. You may be placed on waitlist when slots are full. Payment of $10/pax is to be made in person on event day. Lunch is provided.

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 June 2022, the Memories Café programme is charged at $10.00 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.

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