The Penn Memory Center (PMC) is offering a variety of free programs for people living with dementia, caregivers, and their loved ones. Scroll down to browse our selection of programs and sign up to attend.
*If you signed up for a PMC program through Eventbrite in the past, please still register via the links below.
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., virtual
Explore short meditation and mindfulness exercises that help reduce stress and ground you in the present moment. The class is led by Amanda Bloom, member of the PMC social work team.
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., virtual
Participants can get out of their own heads and experience “group mind” while learning the tenets of improv comedy. This 1.5-hour class is primarily comprised of playing improv games and doing scene work.
Creative Expressions Through Music
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., in-person at the Curtis Institute of Music
Join in on group singing, drum circles, and the creation of new musical works. This fun, in-person program helps people living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers to experience the power of music and connect with others. This program is best suited for people with mild or moderate-stage dementia.
1st Thursday of every month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., virtual
There is grief that comes with being a caregiver. Anticipatory grief and the grief of a life not playing out as expected. Licensed clinical social worker and yoga instructor Beth Segaloff will lead yoga sessions to help process caregiving experiences, connect with others, and restore mind, body, and spirit.
*Note: the time of day this program is held has changed from previous sessions
Friday, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17, doors open at 10:30 a.m.. in-person at Christ Church Neighborhood House
Each month, PMC patients and caregivers are invited to a free pop-up café at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City. Enjoy music from around the world, lectures from Penn experts, and coffee from local cafés. Here are the upcoming Memory Cafés:
Empowering Caregivers Workshop Series
Friday, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Dec. 8, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., virtual
Through the Empowering Caregivers Workshop Series, caregivers have access to area experts who will present on a variety of intensive topics from symptom management to end-of-life care. Join us at our fall workshops:
- Oct. 27: Driving & Dementia with Susan Touchinsky
- Nov. 3: Strategies for Coping with Daily Life after an MCI Diagnosis with Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton
- Dec. 8: Best Caregiver Practices for Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Barry Jacobs