On Dementia: Care, Community and Creativity

By Keri Pollock |

Hope, joy and better ways to care for and support
individuals living with dementia and their care partners

Over 120,000 people age 65+ in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease, and 353,000 family members, friends and volunteers serve as care partners. Individuals with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, do not stop living because of a diagnosis. They want, need and deserve community, engagement, and purpose. Their care partners also benefit from this community support.

How can we all help to make an impact, address stigma, and enable people living with dementia to become integral parts of their communities and create opportunities for inclusion?

This spring, Aging Wisdom, the Frye Art Museum Creative Aging Program  and the University of Washington Memory and Brain Wellness Center are collaborating on a 3-part series of enriching discussions with pioneers in dementia care, support, community building, creative engagement and artistic exploration. This virtual series begins March 11, 2021.

Each dementia care expert is also an author of enriching books that challenge, even disrupt, our assumptions about dementia, providing new perspectives and a deeper understanding of care, community and creativity. Their books also offer practical suggestions on how to implement what they have put into evidence-based practice in support of individuals living with dementia, their care partners, and those who support them.

Elliott Bay Book Company will have the authors’ books available for purchase in-store and online. Most of the books are also available through local library systems.

Author discussions will be offered as virtual programs through Zoom. Pre-registration is required. There is no fee. To register, visit the Frye Art Museum.

On Dementia: Care, Community, and Creativity Author Series

March 11, 2021, at 12 PM (Pacific): A conversation with Lynn Casteel Harper, author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear. Expanding our understanding of dementia beyond the typical fear-driven and tragedy narrative, On Vanishing makes provides encouragement and meaningful examples of better ways of caring for, and thinking about, our fellow beings. REGISTER

April 8, 2021 at 12 PM (Pacific): A conversation with Susan H. McFadden, PhD, author of Dementia-Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them. Intentional, thoughtfully engaged dementia-friendly communities can give people with dementia the opportunity to continue living with purpose, reciprocal personal relationships, and enrichment. A positive thread throughout the book is that “underpinning successful dementia-friendly communities is an awareness of people with dementia as active citizens, and the importance of supporting engagement in community life.” REGISTER

May 13, 2021, at 12 PM (Pacific): A conversation with Anne Basting, PhD, author of Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care. A MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Basting pioneers a radical change in how we interact with people who struggle with dementia. Basting’s proven methods use storytelling and active listening to stimulate the brain and awaken imagination. Learn how to “use the creative arts to bring connection, light and joy to the lives of elders and to those who care for them.” Ask Beautiful Questions. REGISTER