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
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
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, 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
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)
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
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
Memory Bridge Newsletter
12/19/13 - Training Retreat Feedback and Information
Here’s what participants have said about last year’s Memory Bridge Training Retreat:
“The impact of the retreat is with me daily. At some moment each day some piece of what we talked about comes to the forefront and sits with me as I make decisions on how to move my organization further and do the best I can for my residents.”
-- Rebekah Levit, Waltham, Massachusetts
“This experience has given me the insight to implement the Memory Bridge program in my school with the knowledge and confidence necessary to guide students toward a meaningful journey of being ‘with’ their buddies.”
-- Kathryn D’Antonio, Roswell, New Mexico
"My buddy told me one day that she knew she was forgetful so she just takes each moment as it comes trusting that the good people around her do what is needed. Her words of wisdom and acceptance could have come from either Buddha or Christ." --Carol Gurioli
"Since the retreat, I now find myself pausing often and considering situations differently than I did prior to the experience. That means I reflect on, among other things: “What is it that will bring meaning and purpose to this person? What does it mean to take the time to 'be with this person without an agenda? What is it that is causing this feeling of existential loneliness, and just how might one relieve it?" Memory Bridge was an amazing experience." --Mary Ann Anichini
“The look of joy on an elder's face as she or he believes they are finally in communication cannot be topped. Thank you so much.”
-- Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, San Leandro, California
“In this room of accomplished, dedicated, educated, experienced dementia practitioners, we were open to wonderment and continually amazed at the human spirit. How wonderful spending a week being cared for. The retreat center was the perfect place.” -- Nancy Sondag, New York City
Details about the 2014 Training Retreat and scholarship application are provided on the Memory Bridge website at www.MemoryBridge.org. The Training Retreat is co-sponsored by Indiana University’s Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. 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.