Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s December Memory Café will feature Keith Johnson, a well-known drumming artist, who will lead participants on a fun, interactive session exploring The Rhythm of Life.

The event will take place 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave.

“Drumming has been gaining in popularity as its benefits are becoming documented,” says Kathy Rood, who oversees the monthly cafes.

“Many senior centers and hospitals use drumming as a way of improving health. Research has shown that drumming can reduce anxiety and significantly lower blood pressure. It’s been credited with helping to reduce depression as well as enhancing immune systems.”

No drumming experience is necessary; all drums and other percussion instruments will be provided.

The Memory Café is for those with memory loss and their care partners. The challenges of living with memory loss can strain or even sever social connection at a time when it is needed most. Memory Cafés are one way individuals with memory loss and their care companions are coming together to make new friendships and support one another.

Offered on the first Thursday of the month, each café has a new theme and includes meaningful, fun activities to engage the participants and stimulate their minds and bodies. Socialization is a key component to the cafés, as they are meant to be a place to relax, meet others and have fun.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. To register or for further information, e-mail or call Kathy at 602-452-4627.




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