In her December 2017 post, “Stealing Hope,” Anne D. Basting passionately challenges the fear and stigma-inducing “tragedy narrative” that distorts how people living with dementia are seen within the broader culture. The two of us were especially inspired by Anne’s closing words, “Family members and friends…can learn to shift toward creativity to find emotional connection, to […]
Belief is a powerful thing – it’s the foundation for how we perceive the world around us, how we communicate and how we behave. Everyday, we have the ability to create and practice new beliefs and discard the old modes that no longer fit. Here is a belief that I have carried with me for […]
Disrupt Dementia is a paradigm-shifting non-fiction theater performance designed to de-stigmatize dementia and open a space for new possibilities. During 2016, Disrupt Dementia visited 35 communities across North America as part of Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour. During these performances we blended verbatim quotes from people living with dementia from ethnographic and participatory action research […]
Have you watched Alive Inside yet? It’s available on DVD and streaming on Netflix. Let’s put music at the heart of the conversation about what makes a life worth living.
I was privileged to be part of an extraordinary film, Alive Inside by Michael Rossato-Bennett, that documented the small miracles as life re-ignites in the eyes of long-term dementia sufferers when they hear familiar tunes for the first time in years.
We can’t help but change the music, just because of who we are and how we play, and the chemistry of this particular combination of musicians. It just happens. Like magic… but with no magician!
If the Life Reimagined movement is going to be about the conscious reclamation of new beginnings, it would seem logical that our movement ought to “reimagine” the American secular holiday that resonates most fully with “fresh starts.” Yeah, that’s right — we are plotting to take over New Years.
What happens when you take music from 100 years ago and reimagine the tracks in the context of everything that has come since (and possibly anticipate future trends in music)?