october, 2019

12oct4:00 pm6:00 pmLove is Listening Documentary Premiere and Gallery TalkLove is Listening Documentary Premiere and Gallery Talk

Event Details

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LOVE IS LISTENING: DEMENTIA WITHOUT LONELINESS

When people with dementia can’t communicate “normally,” they frequently end up alone. Many of us struggle to feel com-fortable in their company, uncertain how to connect in a meaningful way. All too often persons living with dementia find themselves emotionally isolated in a valley of awkward.

Join Michael Verde, founder of Memory Bridge (memorybridge.org), as he illuminates in a 4-hour workshop how we can let go of unhelpful scripts that impede our intimate responsiveness to people with dementia and discover with them currents of communication that dementia does not impede, and may well enrich

 Quotes:

• What people with dementia most need from us—is us.

• Only compassionate attention can bridge the isolation of dementia.

• When we feel we belong and matter, loneliness is lifted, anxiety abated, and confusion comforted.

• There is a kind of attention that heals what can’t be cured.

• Person-centered care involves both our doing and our being. Memory Bridge’s multiple award-winning “I Am a Bridge” training teaches the skills of presence that turn awkard to flow and isolation to intimacy in our communications with friends and loved ones with dementia.

• Our well-being depends on the quality of our communication with others, as much as it depends on food and water. No person is an island. It takes two people to be one.

• People with dementia do not lose their minds. They lose the feeling of belonging and mattering. We can remedy that loss, even in the absence of a cure. What people with dementia most need from us, is us.

Time

(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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