South Shore Conservatory Establishes Memory Café in Duxbury

McGRATHPR.com – South Shore Conservatory’s Creative Arts Therapies department expands their SSC Memory Café program, adding a second program at their 64 St. George Street, Duxbury location.  Designed for individuals with memory loss and their care partners to come together in a safe and supportive environment and join in creative arts activities.  This new Duxbury program is offered the first Tuesday of the month, beginning May 1. The Duxbury SSC Memory Café is funded by The Harry C. and Mary Elizabeth Grafton Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

A memory café is a social event where, in addition to participating in activities designed for cognitive awareness, participants are invited to share refreshments and conversation with others. The goal of the program is for guests to enjoy a shared experience, participate in activities that help maximize strengths, and socialize with others in a safe and supportive environment.  For example, if a participant finds it easier to communicate through song or dance, as opposed to talking, they would be encouraged to participate in movement or music activities. Participants choose their own level of interaction and participation.

Activities may include arts-based activities such as music, dance or visual arts; cognitive activities such as Trivial Pursuit, Name that Tune, word find or board games; motor activities such as broom ball or corn hole. At the same time, care partners are encouraged to participate in educational talks on shared interests such as insurance information, dealing with behavioral concerns, and guardianship.

In January, SSC started its first on-campus SSC Memory Café at its Hingham location. The Hingham program runs the third Thursday of every month.  Attendees are encouraged to participate at both locations if they wish to do so.  Prior to the establishment of this program, SSC’s creative arts therapy specialists provided the creative arts component for memory cafés at various South Shore Councils on Aging.

There is no cost to join in, and participants do not need to attend every session. Participants are asked to register by contacting Eve Montague, Director of Creative Arts Therapies, at 781-934-2731, ext. 20 or e.montague@sscmusic.org prior to the month’s café.

South Shore Conservatory is committed to being an organization that welcomes the widest range of students possible – removing barriers to participation and welcoming everyone in, regardless of ability.  Both its Hingham and Duxbury campuses are wheelchair accessible.  For more detailed information about accessibility, please visit SSC’s Know Before You Go page.

For more information on SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies Department programs, visit sscmusic.org/cat/.

About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4,000 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore.

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781) 749-7565, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, (781) 934-2731, and 135 Webster Street, Hanover, (781) 421-6162. SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.