NEWS RELEASE: Symposium to Explore Ways of Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently

A symposium at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 25 at 7pm will present a cross-section of viewpoints challenging the commonly held perception that people with Alzheimer’s are “empty shells” who are “no longer with us” and must be humored, medicated, and parked in front of TV sets.

FIRST OF ITS KIND SYMPOSIUM TO EXPLORE WAYS OF “SEEING ALZHEIMER’S DIFFERENTLY” APRIL 25 AT PACEĀ 

A symposium at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 25 at 7pm will present a cross-section of viewpoints challenging the commonly held perception that people with Alzheimer’s are “empty shells” who are “no longer with us” and must be humored, medicated, and parked in front of TV sets.

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 requiring advance registration that will take place from 3:30pm-5pm. More information on both is at www.pace.edu/lovelosslaughter.

The springboard for the presentations is a photography exhibition on view in the Schimmel Center lobby at Pace (Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12Noon-6pm ending April 28). 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 (Globe Pequot Press).

The Pace campus is just east of City Hall. Participants should use the entrance at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street. Further information is at http://www.pace.edu/lovelosslaughter. The events are being jointly presented by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), The NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Pace University’s College of Health Professions.

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