Dementia Café: Where Pictures Paint Connections


During the Dementia Café held recently, attendees were treated to an enriching experience led by Maureen Tai, a passionate reader and accomplished author of children’s books. Her insightful session delved into the world of picture books, offering valuable strategies on leveraging them to establish meaningful connections with both children and individuals living with dementia.

With a wealth of expertise at her disposal, Maureen Tai masterfully delineated various categories of illustrated literature, encompassing children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. The pivotal initial step in ensuring a rewarding reading experience with a loved one involves selecting the appropriate genre of picture book. Factors such as font size, book length, a conducive environment with minimal distractions, and the freedom for the reading companion to proceed at their own pace all contribute to a harmonious shared reading journey. Infused with kindness and patience, these elements converge to showcase the remarkable potential of combining imagery and text as a powerful tool for connecting or reconnecting with cherished family members, regardless of age.

The event was further enriched by the esteemed presence of Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, renowned as Lat, an illustrious cartoonist who was recently honored as the Royal Artist of Perak. Datuk Lat brought his unique perspective to the gathering, shedding light on the profound significance of visual storytelling and its fusion with literature. Through anecdotes and insights drawn from his extensive artistic journey, he added vibrant hues to the café’s ambiance, imbuing it with a warmth and vibrancy that resonated with all in attendance.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Dementia Café, scheduled for the morning of September 16th at the inviting location of 1 Lasam Greentown. This particular event will coincide with the celebration of Malaysia Day, promising an array of distinctive approaches to raise awareness about dementia. Regardless of whether you or someone you care for is impacted by dementia, or if you simply possess a curiosity about dementia and its care, you are wholeheartedly invited to participate in this engaging conversation.

For further details, do not hesitate to connect with the café coordinator, Pak Peter, who can be reached via WhatsApp at 019-5743672. Your participation in this enlightening initiative is warmly welcomed.

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