Memories Café

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

 

Upcoming Sessions


18 Sep – Virtual Drumming with OneHeartBeat

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Registration: Free! Limited slots available. Register online to receive Zoom details.


25 Sep – The Sunnies

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


2 Oct – Music & Movement with Yeong Wei

Get ready for a good stretch and laughter-filled morning with Yeong Wei and Rachel!

Good to prepare:

  1. A bottle of water to use as weight.
  2. Towel/scarf to use for moving and dancing.
  3. Ensure there is enough space around you to move around.
  4. Something sturdy (eg. wall/table) to hold on to while you are doing single-leg exercises.

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


9 Oct – Sing-a-long with Goldies Jukebox《金曲音乐盒》

Reminisce the good ol’ times with Goldies Jukebox《金曲音乐盒》as they take you on a nostalgic journey with songs in Mandarin.

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


16 Oct – Build a Memory Box with Students from Temasek Polytechnic

Students from Temasek Polytechnic will share with you how to create a Memory Box using simple materials. Have meaningful conversations about precious memories with your loved ones while doing this activity together.

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


30 Oct – FUNN Music & Dance Fest!

Persons living with dementia and caregivers from the Forget Us Not Network will be coming together to sing, dance and showcase their many talents in this session. Join the lively session and let’s have fun together!

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


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.

Download the Memories Café brochure.

 


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

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