NEW YORK – A symposium at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 25 at 7 p.m. will present a cross-section of viewpoints challenging commonly held perceptions of people with Alzheimer’s — namely, the belief that they are to be humored and medicated, rather than given quality life experiences.
This event reflects a growing worldwide movement to recognize the abilities that people with dementias have left, rather than those they have lost, and to build a positive new approach to care. It is open to the general public, families of people with Alzheimer’s, and professional caregivers.
Leading experts on this ground-breaking philosophy will gather to present and explore ways of “seeing Alzheimer’s differently” and infusing dementia care with love and laughter. The evening symposium will be preceded by small, free workshops.
The springboard for the presentations is the Love, Loss, and Laughter photography exhibition on view in the Schimmel Center lobby at Pace. The poignant but positive images of the new approach to care are drawn from the recently-published book, “Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently” by the sociologist Cathy Greenblat.
More information on the symposium, workshops, and exhibition can be found at: http://www.pace.edu/lovelosslaughter