Old Friends Club cultivates joy in the lives of adults with cognitive impairment and nourishes the well-being of family caregivers.
Old Friends Club invites people with dementia or other cognitive impairments to participate in guided conversation, games, art, music, exercise and other activities. We meet in a small group that empowers each member to build friendships and care for one another. The activity and interaction help people remain living in their own home longer and address social and cognitive needs that other care options often don’t. Club members move from isolation to engagement. Their family caregivers gain respite and ongoing support, education and access to caregiving resources.
The joy and pure appreciation that the seniors showed me while I was performing music was life-changing. The music entered their memory unlike anything else. They enjoyed my music to a degree that I have never experienced at any other time in my life. Not only were the seniors themselves kind and loving, but the volunteers and people in charge of the program were so kind and patient. I am definitely planning on volunteering here again. It was an experience of a lifetime.