Memory Café

The past which is not recoverable in any other way is embedded, as if in amber, in the music, and people can regain a sense of identity. . . — Oliver Sacks 

Memory Café is a regular monthly program for all islanders who want to enjoy daytime library programming and is a welcoming place for people with memory issues and their care partners. Each month we feature a different musical performer.


As seen in the film Alive Inside, the ability to enjoy music is retained in persons with dementia even after the decline of other cognitive functions. Moreover, listening to beloved music has broad therapeutic potential.


Memory Café takes place every third Tuesday of the month at 2 pm in the library meeting room.  Light refreshments will be on hand.


Information about the upcoming Memory Café may be found on the library’s list of programs.


Contact Wendy Waxman Kern for more information or to sign up to receive a reminder email a week before the Memory Café.

Music and Memory current research

Alzheimer’s Association:  Provides education and support to people with any form of memory loss or dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s and dementia resources, Washington State DSHS

Caregiver resources, Washington State DSHS

Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Care Partners

UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center: Offers a memory clinic, research and community programs.