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
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)
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
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
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
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
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
01/07/17 - Memory Bridge Training Retreat and Scholarship Announcement
Hello and Happy New Year from Memory Bridge. Below are three testimonies from last year’s participants. All of last year’s testimonies can be found here on our website.
You can learn more about the initial deadline (January 18) and all of the details about the Retreat at memorybridge.org. We are looking forward to our 2017 Summer Retreat coming up in June, and hope to hear from you if you are interested in participating.
Maegan Pollard My experience with the 2016 Memory Bridge Training Retreat was a completely unforgettable and life changing experience. When I applied, I had an idea of the kind of ground-breaking paradigm of care for the person with Alzheimer’s that I would be encountering based on the documentary, There Is a Bridge. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the sense of emotional fullness that I felt during my experiences with the group, on my own, and with my buddy.
My hope is that as I see more and more patients (currently I’m a medical school student) and find myself zeroing in on what it is that might be “wrong” with them, that I can bring to mind the faces of those I met at Memory Bridge who taught me that love is listening- and REALLY listen.
Donna Newman-Bluestein First of all, I feel very blessed. I feel deeply content and sated after having an experience I couldn’t have imagined. I felt seen, heard and experienced in the fullness of my being as I was growing, and in the flow. Words are inadequate to describe my multi-dimensional experience. I felt so calm that I was able to do what one of my life coaches has been urging me to do for the past several months - to exhale to the end. Doing so allowed me to listen, both to myself and others, from a much quieter place. I have found people (including therapists) and places where my thoughts and opinions are heard and valued, and yet I don’t believe I have ever felt sufficiently heard until this experience.
Emily Cousins The sense of community and understanding that was built collectively during the week was overwhelming. A very real and genuine connection developed among the group in such a short space of time. It was incredible to see and feel the bond of trust that emerged due to the mutuality of sharing, the authenticity of contribution, and the tangible commitment of everyone to the space and the work. It was truly one of the greatest experiences – professional and personal – that I’ve ever had.