The Kildare Alzheimer Café and The Kildare Pastimes Choir
The Alzheimer Café is designed to complement other support services. It offers support, information and an environment in which there is openness about dementia. There is an emphasis on the emotional and psychosocial rather than the medical aspects of dementia.
Out of the Kildare Alzheimer Café it was identified that people living with dementia have very little social outlet and so they set up “The Kildare Pastimes Choir”. The Past Times Choir was formed with the view of providing a source of expression for those living with Dementia and has been going from strength to strength. The choir is under the Musical Directorship of Sharon Murphy and has been preparing for some musical events later in the year. This choir has been supported by Kildare Co Council Arts section and were very fortunate to win the DCU innovation award under the Elevator Programme.