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
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)
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
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
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
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
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
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
Memory Bridge Newsletter
07/03/15 - Michael is Presenting in Toronto
Michael is presenting in Toronto on Monday, August 10, 2015, to share a way of being with people with dementia that diminishes their emotional and social isolation and that can transform the giving of instrumental care into the giving and receiving of spirit-sustaining love.
Michael’s presentations are described as engaging, inspiring, and profoundly insightful.
Michael shares stories that demonstrate the importance of being with those with dementia, not only doing to and doing for them. “Caring,” he says, “is both a doing and a being verb. In addition to assisting us in our instrumental needs, the great givers of care enter into the world as we are experiencing it. They feel with us, and by connecting with our need they become living bridges to both our body and our spirit.”
Recently Memory Bridge has traveled to South Africa, England, and in October, Australia. If you share Memory Bridge’s interest in the power of empathetic attention to keep people with dementia emotionally connected to others, please join us in Toronto for Michael’s presentation “Love Is Listening.”
“People with dementia can hear in our voices, see in our eyes, and feel in our touch just how much we genuinely respect and love them. And it’s our respect, attention, and love that heals the emotional isolation that dementia often causes.” – Michael Verde
WHEN: Monday, August 10/15. 2pm-4pm. 90-minute talk followed by Q&A.
WHERE: The beautiful Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium 789 Yonge St. (just North of Bloor in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville district). Accessible, close to TTC and Green P parking.