Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat . . .We must find each other.
- Mother Theresa, Saint
In American life, we think we are most free when we don't need anybody. Exactly what Alzheimer's represents is absolute dependency - That's what we all need to learn - how deeply we need one another.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis, Author
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang, Writer
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Author (Winnie the Pooh)
Memory Bridge Newsletter
05/01/10 - There is a Bridge: Reflections on Life with Alzheimer's Disease
Beautiful Circle of Knowledge by Michael Verde
The Memory Bridge Initiative was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on April 14, 2010. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ted Gregory followed a Memory Bridge class over a four-month period. Ted attended every class, every Buddy visit, followed three of the students throughout an entire school day; interviewed families of the students and Buddies, the teacher of the class, and spent over 15 hours talking with me about the origins, vision, and social significance of Memory Bridge’s educational mission to people with irreversible dementia and America’s youth.
Read the electronic version of the Chicago Tribune article about Memory Bridge.