Explore “The Rhythm of Life” Through Drumming with Keith Johnson of Sankofa Island Magic

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Keith Johnson(PHOENIX - Nov. 28, 2017) - Jewish Family & Children’s Service is pleased to announce its December Memory Café will feature the talented Keith Johnson, a well-known drumming artist, who will lead participants on a fun, interactive session exploring The Rhythm of Life.  The event will be held at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Avenue in Phoenix on Thursday, December 7, from 10 to 11:30 am.

“Drumming has been gaining in popularity as its benefits are becoming documented,” says Kathy Rood, who oversees the monthly Cafes.  “Many Senior centers and hospitals use drumming as a way of improving health. Research has shown that drumming can reduce anxiety and significantly lower blood pressure. It’s been credited with helping to reduce depression as well as enhancing immune systems.  We’re happy to present Keith Johnson in this setting, who has been working in this arena for many years and knows how to make the experience fun for all,” she added.

Rood also states that no one needs to have any former experience with drumming and that all drums and other percussion instruments will be provided.

The Memory Café is for those with memory loss and their care partners.  The challenges of living with memory loss can strain or even sever social connection at a time when it is needed most. Memory Cafés are one way individuals with memory loss and their care companions are coming together to make new friendships and support one another.

The Café is a meeting place for those with changes in their thinking or memory, mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, along with their care partners.  Offered on the first Thursday of the month, each Café has a new theme and includes meaningful, fun activities to engage the participants and stimulate their minds and bodies. Socialization is a key component to the cafés, as they are meant to be a place to relax, meet others and have fun.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. To register or for further information, please e-mail Kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org or call Kathy at 602-452-4627.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service and behavioral health organization with over 80 years of service in the greater Phoenix area.

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