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Witnessing Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Perspective

The Artist Within continues at City Hall’s public galleries with weekly free activities illuminating a variety of perspectivescatalysts for knowledge, empathy, creativity and involvement. Exploring how we can build a dementia friendly community—more inclusive, more engaging, more supportive and more hopeful for everyone whose lives are touched by dementia and inspiring us all to become better stewards of an aging population.

 We recently presented Living with Life, Love & Memory Loss: A Poet’s Perspective with three remarkable northwest poets reading from poetry collections inspired by their experience of living with memory loss, or loving someone with memory loss.

Esther Helfgott, former care partner: Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems and Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s.

Lon Cole, living with memory loss: You Are Not Alone: Poems of Hope and Faith, and alive and thankful: Life is a Gift.

Lori Kane, current care partner: The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering.

Esther was kind enough to share her insightful and heartfelt article in the Seattle PI.com. Witnessing Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Perspective. Well worth reading.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/witnessingalzheimers/2009/05/17/these-are-his-words-this-is-his-script/