Everyone, regardless of their degree of mental sharpness,

needs companionship, not only to physically survive

but also to live emotionally.


Naomi Feil and Gladys Wilson,
from There Is a Bridge

Memory Bridge creates programs that connect people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias to family, friends, and other people in their local community. We also create programs that reveal to the general public the depths of memory that dementia does not erase.


Our goal is to create a global community of people who, like us, are learning to listen to people with dementia for what they have to teach us about our own humanity.


Since our establishment in 2004, we have:

leaf icon Created an interview guide (PDF) used by the Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project
leaf icon Designed and implemented an award-winning curriculum and school program called the Memory Bridge Initiative
leaf icon Produced the PBS documentary There Is a Bridge
leaf icon Launched an art exhibit called Mapping Lives: the Art of Listening


Our action directives:

Teach children how to communicate with people with Alzheimer's and related dementias in emotionally meaningful ways.

Create world-class educational products and resources that transform our currently reductive assumptions about persons with dementia.

Build communities
Establish an internet-supported community of persons around the world invested in learning how to communicate with people with dementia in emotionally meaningful ways.

Develop relationships with local and national schools, museums, and other educational, medical, social services organization, etc. to create curricula and to organize events, exhibitions, and programs that support our educational mission.

To raise awareness about aspects of personal identity and memory that Alzheimer's disease does not extinguish.


Philosopher and theologian Martin Buber reminds us that “All real living is meeting.” We hope you will join us on a journey of meetings. There is a bridge.