On a Saturday morning late last month, I visited the Crossings Café in Singapore which held a music event called "Memories Café" organized especially for persons with dementia and their family caregivers.
The two-hour event began with food and drinks before all gathered for a casual sing-along session conducted by an artist with a beautiful voice and great enthusiasm in engaging with the participants.
As an observer, I could feel the fun that both the caregivers and their loved ones were having, together with the volunteers in their midst, they sang along to the old English and Chinese melodies, clapped to the rhythm and smiled with joy. It was a moment when all of them united together and enjoyed each and every song.
I applaud the Alzheimer’s Disease Association for their commitment in organizing such special get-together events in the community, they bring encouraging messages to caregivers that there are always ways to spend some relaxing and memorable fun moments together with their loved ones. Also, in the journey of Care giving they are not alone, Society and Associations are also coming forward to help them and progress in this path hand in hand.
Link ofCrossings Café
Link of Alzheimer’s Disease Association: http://www.alz.org.sg/
Dr. Thang Leng Leng
National University of Singapore (NUS)
(Writer is a member of iCare Life Advisory Board)