Memories Cafe provides a fresh change of environment for caregivers who have long been attending support groups held in more formal settings such as dementia day care centres. For Persons with Dementia, the programme gives them the opportunity to meet others with dementia and have fun in an environment that accepts them.
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 reduce the societal stigma of dementia through activities, discussions and talks about dementia in a café setting; and
- To provide a safe, supportive and conducive environment where activities and social interaction are organised for persons with dementia and their caregivers.
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.
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.
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For more information, call the Dementia Helpline at 6377 0700