Revive and Thrive: Living Well, Supporting Others

Thursday, September 24, 2020 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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Caregivers and Care Partners- come one and all!  Individuals, couples, family and friends - all are welcome!

 

Join us for a restorative day for caregivers and care partners who are supporting, embracing, and celebrating loved ones living with challenges of all kinds- physical, mental, emotional, among others.  This might include supporting those living with dementia, Parkinson's, cancer, depression, addiction, PTSD, to name a few.  Through music, movement, nature, walking meditation, art, improv, storytelling, reflection and more, we will rediscover our wholeness and restore strained relationships.  Our day together creates a fun, safe, non-stigmatizing and non-medicalized environment. Here we will grow a sense of wellness and community by providing real and practical tools for daily restorative practices.
 
In our impatient, fast-paced, information age, those of us living with a variety of challenges, often feel devalued , without purpose, isolated and left behind. We sometimes need more time in line and on our computers and phones. We have trouble “connecting” as we try to navigate our increasingly digitized world of apps, logins, PINS, and passwords. Society may consider and value a humanness that is more like machines and computers.  But on this day and in this community, we will experience – and remember - through fun and purposeful activities, a renewed sense of hope and a restored sense of wholeness and belonging.

A suggested sign-in time is 9 am to reduce the complications of technology.  Thank you. 

About the leader(s)

Emily Kearns

 Emily’s personal experience caregiving/care partnering with her parents, who both lived with dementia, was life-changing, catapulting her into what is now her first love—reframing dementia and supporting care partners journeying with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with memory and other challenges may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose.  Emily facilitates memory cafes, Dementia Dialogues, and caregiver/care partner support groups. She also offers caregiving/care partnering counseling and coaching through the Dementia Resource Network. Emily was formerly Project Manager for Dementia Friendly Massachusetts and Consultant with the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition, evaluating innovative respite programs and hosting a TV show called, Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves.

Emily earned a doctorate in sociology from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University's Executive MBA program. She is Founder and Practitioner at the Dementia Resource Network and Revive and Thrive Programs. Visit www.reviveandthriveprograms.org.