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I Am a Bridge: Healing the Dis-Ease of Dementia workshop

September 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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."

"I Am a Bridge: Healing the Dis-ease of Dementia" illuminates how we can diminish the emotional isolation of people with dementia by communicating with them in ways that cognitive impairment does not impede.

FORMAT: The workshop will include lecture, discussion, role-play, video and case studies. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how to be present and mindful during interactions with people living with dementia. 

INSTRUCTOR: Workshop leader Michael Verde 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. www.memorybridge.org

PRESENTER: The workshop is presented by ARTZ Philadelphia. 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. We serve over 1500 people a year in long-term care communities, adult day centers, art museums and arts centers, and in the wider Philadelphia community through evidence-based, interactive conversation and art-making programs.www.artzphilly.org

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Please contact ARTZ Philadelphia at (610) 721-1606 or shifrin@artzphilly.org for information about continuing education credits.


September 23, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Woodmere Art Museum
Woodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia, PA