Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) continues its virtual Memory Café program, hosted via Zoom 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. JFCS is welcoming AARP Arizona as a partner for the next four months. This month’s theme is Camp Dayz, looking back at the summer and the songs that remind participants of days gone by.
This month’s music program will feature Dan Kurek, who will lead an interactive music program. He is an opera singer, musical theatre director, voice and piano teacher as well as an active chorus leader.
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.
There is no cost to the participants, who must have a computer, tablet, laptop or phone to join in. JFCS will have volunteers available to assist those who haven’t yet used Zoom.
“Studies continue to show that the negative health effects of loneliness and isolation are especially harmful for older adults,” says Dana Marie Kennedy, state director of AARP Arizona “Moreover, our own research has found that people with lower income are often at greater risk of isolation. AARP is thrilled to partner with Jewish Family and Children’s Service in bringing the Memory Café’s.”
Registration is required for this event. This is a new step that has been added for increased security for all. Visit us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscumhrDstH9MdZOd7O9rvl67_43wPCnMs.
“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.”
Additional support for the Memory Café comes from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Future cafes are on the first Thursday of each month.
JFCS is a nonprofit, 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.