Memory care/Alzheimer units

Memory cafes

WHAT IS A MEMORY CAFE?
A memory cafe is a supportive, welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or any
other form of dementia, or other brain disorder. It has also proved to be beneficial for people with
all forms of mild cognitive impairment.

Memory cafes focus on different activities for a unique group experience. You might have one
enjoying the connections of demographic-appropriate music and dancing. Others might focus on
crafts and painting. Some simply guide the participants in exercises that foster reminiscing.

WHY MUSIC IS THERAPEUTIC
Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral
benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are
often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are
relatively undamaged by the disease.

MY APPROACH
I have extensive experience working with memory care units, memory cafes and Alzheier's
programs. I focus on old songs that these clients know and love, encouraging them to sing along.
I sometimes tell stories related to the songs. Click HERE for the song list.

While there are varying degrees of participation, the music seems to reach a place that can be
otherwise difficult to access. Based on feedback from organizers, clients and their families, these
events have provided an enjoyable and valuable experience for everyone involved.

Here are some of the programs and facilities where I've entertained memory care clients:

Facilities that specialize in memory care or have memory care units (20)

Beverly

Herrick House

Billerica

Brightview Billerica

Canton

Cornerstone at Canton


Chelmsford

Atrium at Drum Hill


Danvers

Atrium at Veronica Drive


Danvers

Seasons of Danvers


Framingham

Brookdale Cushing Park


Marlboro

Pleasantries


Melrose

Res. at Melrose Station


Nashua, N.H.

Bridges by EPOCH


North Andover

Brightview North Andover

Pompton, N.J.

Cedar Crest

 

Quincy

Atrium at Faxon Woods

Sudbury

Bridges by EPOCH

Tewksbury

Blaire House

Westford

Bridges by EPOCH

Westwood

White Oak Cottages

Westwood

Bridges by EPOCH

Weymouth

Wndrose at Weymouth

Woburn

Hearthstone at Choate

Woburn

Windrose at Woburn

   Memory cafes (28)

Arlington

Brightview Arlington

 

Ashland

Ashland Senior Center


Bedford

Bedford Senior Center


Burlington

Burlington Senior Center


Cambridge

Citywide Senior Center


Danvers

Danvers Senior Center


Franklin

Franklin Senior Center


Hopkinton

Hopkinton Senior Center


Ipswich

Ipswich Public Library


Jamaica Plain

Ethos


Lawrence

Merrimack Elder Services


Lexington

Lexington Community Ctr.

 

Medway

Willows at Medway


Middleboro

Middleboro Senior Center

Newton

Newton Senior Center

Newton

Temple Emanuel


Northboro

Northboro Free Library


Pembroke

Pembroke Senior Center


Reading

Reading Public Library


Salem, N.H.

Resid. at Salem Woods


Sharon

Sharon Adult Center


Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Public Library


Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Senior Center


Stoneham

Stoneham Public Library


Sudbury

Sudbury Senior Center


Westboro

Westboro Senior Center


Wilmington

Wilmington Senior Center


Winchester

Jenks Senior Center

MEMORY CARE