"Music Is Where Feelings Are Stored"
For those with memory loss, music is an emotional alarm clock. “Music is where feelings are stored. More than any other activity, music awakens happy memories,” says Carole Klingler.
Music is a joyful part of Café programming, with trained music therapists or musicians strumming guitars or playing piano, inviting participants to sing along or dance. An iPad with music apps is also used at the Cafés.
Peer Support is a one-hour block of time that is set aside for caregivers to spend time together learning and sharing information as available. The time might be led by a speaker or a health care specialist, or it might be a time for individuals to share information about their week and gain support and understanding from their peers. One caregiver stated, “When I tell my family and friends about my situation, they feel sorry for me and then I feel sad for myself. But when I come here I gain understanding and helpful, supportive ideas that make me feel like I can live out my wedding vows.” Peer support offers opportunities for caregivers to build friendships with people who understand their unique situation.