Forget What You Know About Dementia
A revolutionary conversation with Lois Holzman
Richard Coaten, Mary Fridley, Susanna Howard and
Peter Whitehouse
Wednesday, November 20; 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Registration: $25
While dementia is still understood as a fearful and horrible disease that science might cure someday, the tragedy narrative that has grown up around it is being challenged by those who see dementia as a life condition that can be approached with humanizing, creative and growth-centered care and advocacy. They make up a growing movement of people living with dementia, care partners, therapists, artists, advocates and activists, scientists and academics, physicians and health and dementia care professionals, who recognize the importance of integrating play, improvisation, dance, music, literature, poetry, storytelling and performance into anything that deserves to be called dementia care and policy. 
Join the Institute’s director,  Lois Holzman, Ph.D ., as she talks with some creative leaders of this growing alternative to the medicalized, individuated and often opaque lens through which dementia is viewed:  Richard Coaten, Ph.D. , Dancer and Dance Movement Psychotherapist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (UK);  Mary Fridley  co-creator of “The Joy of Dementia (You Gotta Be Kidding!)”, East Side Institute;  Susanna Howard , Founder and Artistic Director of Living Words (UK) and  Peter Whitehouse, M.D. , Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and author of  The Myth of Alzheimer’s .
Lois Holzman, Ph.D.  is the co-founder of the East Side Institute. For more than 30 years, Holzman has led the way in developing a new psychology that understands our ability to perform as key to our emotional, social and intellectual growth. She is a founder and chair of the  Performing the World   conferences, which support the emerging social change approach known as performance activism. She is the author of 10 books – including her latest  The Overweight Brain  and hundreds of chapters, essays and articles. 

Richard Coaten, Ph.D.  is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the National Health Service in the UK where he provides a DMP service on an old age psychiatry ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax. He has travelled extensively in Europe, the US and Canada giving workshops and talks, and is currently the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (UK) delegate to the European Association of Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT). He is also on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal,  Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Care Practice
Mary Fridley  is pro-bono Director of Special Projects at the East Side Institute and an accomplished teacher and workshop leader. She designed and co-leads two popular workshop series, “The Joy of Dementia (You Gotta Be Kidding)” and “Laughing Matters”, for people of all ages and life circumstances across the country. She was featured in a February 2019  Washington Post article, “ Changing ‘the tragedy narrative’: Why a growing camp is promoting a more joyful approach to Alzheimer’s .” 
Susanna Howard  is a writer, actor and theatre maker who founded the pioneering arts & literature charity Living Words , which runs residencies in care homes, working one-to-one with people experiencing dementia, as well as staff and relatives. Susanna is also co-curator of Normal? Festival of the Brain in Folkestone and a team member at Created Out of Mind at Wellcome. She was named by the 2019 Independent “Happy List” as one of the 50 most inspiring people in the UK whose “kindness, bravery and dedication makes the country a better place.”
Peter Whitehouse, M.D.  is Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto and President of Intergenerational Schools International , which he co-founded in 1999. His current main foci are on ecopsychosocial models of brain health and aging and the role of the arts and humanities in health.
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