Public Lecture: "Re-membering Who We Are: Dementia Without Loneliness"
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About The Event
When people with dementia can’t communicate “normally,” they frequently end up alone. Many of us feel uncomfortable in their company, uncertain how to connect in a meaningful way. All too often, those with dementia find themselves isolated in a "valley of awkward," as Michael Verde describes it.
Michael seeks to change this dynamic. He founded Memory Bridge, a multiple award-winning and internationally recognized non-profit, in 2004. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,500 people, with and without dementia, in one-to-one relationships. He is the producer of the PBS documentaries "There Is a Bridge" and "Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness." He teaches and trains in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
In his first-ever public lecture in the Philadelphia region, Michael will discuss how we can diminish the emotional isolation of people with dementia by communicating with them in ways that cognitive impairment does not impede.
This event is co-presented by ARTZ Philadelphia and by the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at Thomas Jefferson University as part of their series of Interprofessional Geriatric and Palliative Care Grand Rounds. It is co-sponsored by the American Geriatric Society Interprofessional Student Chapter at Jefferson and by Jefferson Elder Care, a part of the Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Founded in 2013, ARTZ Philadelphia is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for interactions around arts and culture to people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. They serve over 1500 people a year in long-term care facilities, at art museums and in the wider Philadelphia community through evidence-based programs in art-making and art-discussion. www.artzphilly.org
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