Memory Café Goes Virtual


Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is proud to announce its first virtual Memory Café, to be held via ZOOM on Thursday, June 4 from 10-11 am.

The Memory Café is a meeting place for those with changes in their thinking or memory, mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, along with their care partners.

This month’s music program will feature the multi-talented Dan Kurek, who will lead a fun sing-along session of familiar tunes from the 30s-60s.  Participants are encouraged to sing along, bang a pan, tap a foot or simply enjoy.  Participants will be “muted” during the actual songs, allowing everyone to sing along as loudly and as off-key as they would like!  Plus, folks should feel free to join even in their pj’s.

There is no cost to the participants.  You must have a computer, tablet, laptop or phone to join in.  JFCS will have volunteers available to assist folks coming on – particularly those who haven’t yet used Zoom.

This month’s café is sponsored in part by Home Instead Senior Care, a trusted source of in-home elderly care services in the Valley.  www.homeinstead.com  Home Instead is also providing prizes to winners of contests including:  Who can sing the highest note?  What about the lowest?  Among others.

“Perhaps a silver lining in our current situation,” states JFCS’ Janet Rees, “is that having a virtual café will enable us to provide programming inside people’s homes. We know it’s not always easy to get out even in ‘normal’ times when a family is living with dementia.  We’re so happy to be able to bring this program to those who need it.”

Home Instead representative Craig Boutte explained why their company wanted to help. “We so appreciate the wonderful work that JFCS is doing through their Cafes, and knew that we wanted Home Instead to be a part of this. It fits in perfectly with our belief in providing quality in-home care.”

JFCS is requesting RSVPs by Friday, May 29.  Please respond to janet.rees@jfcsaz.org  You will receive an invitation to join the Zoom Meeting by 9 am on Thursday, June 4.  If you need assistance in learning about Zoom, please indicate that in your e-mail.  The memory café on July 2 will feature dance and movement specialist, Michelle Dionisio.

Additional support for the Memory Café comes from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that strengthens the community by providing behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds.  JFCS’ goal is for a future where families are strong, elders are cared for and children are safe.  More information is available at jfcsaz.org

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