Join us for a restorative day supporting, embracing, and celebrating all those journeying with dementia including individuals living with dementia and their care community of caregivers/care partners, family, and friends. 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 memory 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.
About the leader(s)
Mary Childs is a Creative Arts Specialist whose extensive background working with artists to foster their creativity has led her to the understanding that creative activities stimulate and support the brain and soul in surprising, unconventional, and gratifying ways.
While accompanying her parents through their journeys with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, Mary recognized the value in using the arts and creative experiences to enhance the lives of people suffering from these disabilities, as well those of their care partners. By providing alternative avenues of expression and connection, Mary believes that we are able to have continued access to the integral parts of ourselves, no matter what our challenges.
She has provided her services through Memory Cafes, Respite Programs on dementia friendly cruises with Holland America, and as a Facilitator through Revive and Thrive retreat programs.
Mary resides in Florida and Western Massachusetts.
Emily Kearns’ personal experience 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 those who live with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose. Emily facilitates a monthly memory-making café and a weekly dementia-supportive fitness program at her local Y. She has also created a multimedia art installation called Dementia’s Way. Emily was formerly the lead for Dementia Friendly Massachusetts and a 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 also an Installation Artist and Reiki Master. (www.kearnsconsulting.org)