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
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
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
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
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
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
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
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)
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
Memory Bridge Newsletter
12/03/13 - Lisa Genova Joining the Bridge in Bloomington
We are delighted to announce that Lisa Genova, the author of The New York Times best-selling novel and soon-to-be major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Still Alice, will be joining Memory Bridge for our 2014 Training Retreat.
The 2014 training will be held June 13 - 18 at the beautiful and contemplative Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Memory Bridge is again seeking 12 gifted individuals from across the U.S. to help us grow the Memory Bridge Initiative. The selected participants will receive full scholarships for the 5-day Memory Bridge Training Retreat. (The Retreat will be limited to those 12 participants, on a scholarship basis only.) All expenses except travel will be paid.
We are seeking applicants who share our dedication to ending the social isolation of people with dementia through learning how to be with them in emotionally and spiritually sustaining ways. In addition to middle and high school teachers who want to bring the Memory Bridge Initiative to their schools, applications are open to care providers, therapists who work with people with dementia, administrators, and service providers whose field of service enriches the life experiences of people with dementia. The design of the retreat is based on Memory Bridge’s Life Is a Bridge Dementia Immersion Training, an experience-centered learning model that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion.
Here’s just a few of the enthusiastic reactions we received from last year’s Retreat participants:
“Thank you for the opportunity to re-create, re-juvenate, and re-new myself.”
“The setting was amazing – a perfect place for such a meaningful week.”
“It was a wonderful week - one that has stayed with me in mind, body, and heart. I can still hear the laughter.”
The training retreat is co-sponsored by Indiana University’s Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Details about the Training Retreat and scholarship application are provided on the Memory Bridge website at www.MemoryBridge.org. After reviewing the online information, prospective applicants who have questions may contact Jane Harlan-Simmons.
Individuals who wish to be considered for participation in the Retreat should submit their completed forms no later than January 29, 2014.