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