Memories Cafe

21 Sep – World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM): Drumming with One Heart Beat

Venue: Playspace @ *SCAPE
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm

*This session is planned in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) and will be held at the WAM2019 Carnival. Limited seats have been reserved for Memories Café participants to sign up. Interested members of the public will also be invited to join the session on that day. No fee will be collected from this session as no refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to visit the booths to purchase food, participate in the activities.

28 Sep – Singing of Mandarin songs with Goldies Jukebox

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

5 Oct – Drumming with One Heart Beat

Venue: Over the Counter @ National Library
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

12 Oct – English Songs with DoReMi

Venue: Crossings Café
Time: 10am-12pm

19 Oct – Mandarin Songs with Goldies Jukebox

Venue: Soup Restaurant @ NEX
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

19 Oct – Movement Activity with Yeong Wei

Venue: Food for Thought @ National Museum
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

26 Oct – English and Mandarin Songs with Michelle Poh

Venue: Soup Restaurant @ JEWEL
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

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.



Dementia Helpline: 6377 0700