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Elder Care: Connecting through Imagination, Joy, and Wonder


Elder Care: Connecting through Imagination, Joy, and Wonder

In-Person Forum

Friday, June 10, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Forum begins at 12:00 p.m.

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"Research suggests that a clear sense of purpose, a feeling that life is worthwhile, was connected to a range of physical and emotional outcomes including better relationships, less loneliness, better mental and physical health." – Anne Basting

Our elders, especially those experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s are often isolated in nursing homes or segregated in elder-care settings, making the final years of life feel lonely and devoid of meaning. But what if we could radically change how we interact with our older loved ones?

Anne Basting, artist and author of Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care, hopes to bring about that radical change. She developed an arts and creative approach that combines evidence-based therapies with methods from theater and improvisation, such as “Yes, and . . .” exercises. This approach fosters storytelling and active listening, allowing elders to freely share ideas and stories without worrying about getting the details “correct."

For over 20 years, Basting has researched ways to infuse arts and creativity into care settings. She is a MacArthur Fellow, received an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and author of numerous articles and four books.

Join us in-person at the City club as we learn how to connect people using their own creativity and imagination, and bring light and hope to a community that needs it most.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

View the digital program here.

After the forum, a book signing with Anne Basting will be available. Mac's Backs will be on site for book sales.

The book is also available for pre-order here for pick up at Mac's Backs, or the City Club. In the comment section at check out, let Mac's Backs know where you would like to pick up your copy.

Effective October 1, 2021, the City Club will be requiring ticketholders to provide proof of Covid vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. Email with any questions.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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