Memories Café

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

 

Upcoming Sessions


1 Oct – Music & 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: Zoom

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


15 Oct – Sing-along with SN Volunteers (Mixed Languages)

Start your day with a live virtual sing-along session and let the familiar tunes take you back in time.

Time: 10.30am-11.30am
Via: YouTube LIVE

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


29 Oct – Sing-along with Do-re-mi Group (Mixed Languages)

Back again after 2 years, the Do-re-mi group of singers and musicians will bring you classic songs from the olden days.

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

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


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