Valentine’s Day Café—a café to celebrate the holiday and love
Valentine’s Day Café contains activities for a large or small group of people with dementia or Alzheimer's at a memory cafe, in an instutional setting, or at home with a small or large family consisting of people of all ages.
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We usually incorporate a themed snack whenever it is possible or if it applies.
This month featured:
- This month featured Valentine’s Day decorated cookies and heart shaped candies.
We also had our regular spread which consists of:
- Coffee, tea and water
- Crackers, cheese, fruit, pastry
Consider the time of your café, and any safety and dietary restrictions that may apply to your particular group.
This month we featured background music that had some type of flower in the lyrics. Some song snippets are available in this Youtube Video. If you prefer a longer playlist rather than snippets, try this Youtube Playlist.
We encouraged our guests to play in the games listed below. As always, all are welcome to observe if they are not comfortable with active participation.
Coffee, snacks and socializing
Guess That Couple - Guests sat at their table and we placed an easel in front for all to see. On the easel I displayed four pictures at a time of celebrity couples. Each photo was numbered and I would ask the group “does anyone recognize the couple in photo three?” One of the keys to success and participation of the group is to accept a variety of answers. When it seemed people were unable to identify the famous people I would add, “Does anyone know their character name or what film they appeared in?” It seemed that allowing for any relevant information increased confidence and participation. The guests seemed to enjoy the activity and since most of the photos were very iconic, many of them were recognizable to the group. You can choose the couples based on your group's demographics. Here is a sample of actual Hollywood couples that actually got married featuring Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Vivean Leigh and Laurence Olivier, and Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Plus, here are some famous onscreen movie couples.
Break for the bathroom and beverage refill
Name That Tune - We began the second game by handing out a numbered list of song lyrics. All of the songs were about love and were well known hits from the past. We increased participation by asking the guests to take turns reading the lyrics out loud. Each guest was able to do so without difficulty but had we noticed a struggle we would have re-directed by reading them ourselves or asking the caregivers to assist. Some lyrics were guessed just by reading them but when they were still unrecognizable we would then play the corresponding YouTube video. Once guests heard the lyrics to music most were able to recall the song. Again, we increased participation by saying “Maybe you know the artist, or the song title, perhaps you can sing a verse or tell me where you were when you first heard the song.” When we opened the field of “correct answers” we heard some heartfelt responses such as: “this was our wedding song” or “they played this at my mother’s funeral.” Here is a list of old fashioned love songs that you can play.