Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) Memory Café is a setting for persons with memory challenges to engage in fun, enriching activities with their care partners in a nurturing and accepting environment — and now residents can participate from the comfort of their own home.

The original JFCS Memory Café is still held through Zoom on the first Thursday of each month at 10am. And now, the program has expanded to offer an additional café the third Thursday of each month at 1pm for the fall months. The cafes will be held Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, from 1–2pm, via Zoom. The guest artist is Sun Joo Lee, a vocalist and guitarist from Sunshine Music Therapy, who will engage all with familiar songs and feel-good movement. Lee has master’s degrees from ASU in both voice performance and music therapy.

“These programs offer a fun, interactive bonding time for care partners,” said Kathy Rood, Older Adult program manager for JFCS. “We welcome those who want to sing along as well as those who are toe tappers. It’s a great way to bring some joy into homes, particularly in these difficult, isolating times.”

To participate, RSVP to janet.rees@jfcsaz.org or 480.599.7198. A link will be sent to participants prior to the café. There is no cost to participate, and volunteers are available to help navigating Zoom if needed.

Jewish Family & Children's Service is a nonprofit, nonsectarian 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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