‘I Am A Bridge’ Training Programme


Three day programme
19 Nov, 2019
Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 November 2019
Registration from 9am
£330 including lunch and refreshments
All prices include VAT MORE INFO
St Christopher’s Hospice, London

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A new approach to 'being with' rather than 'working with' people with dementia

About the event

This programme is designed to teach empathic communication skills in people who care for those with dementia.

Not usually associated with ‘care’ is the idea of one person caring for another by entering into the meaning of the other’s life. The ‘I Am A Bridge’ programme teaches attentiveness skills fundamental to caring for those with dementia. In a small group we will learn how to connect to people with dementia. Becoming a ‘bridge’ to a person with dementia means ‘being with’ them and not simply assisting or doing things for them.


“The ‘I Am A Bridge’ training has opened my eyes and soul to what it feels like to be a part of our human race”

Sandra Deromedi, ‘I Am A Bridge’ participant

Watch the ‘Love is Listening’ trailer


  • What will I learn?

    The ‘I Am A Bridge’ Training Programme is for anyone interested in learning how to better connect to someone with dementia. This programme is being offered to individuals from organisations that are interested in teaching these skills to others in order to change society’s approach to dementia.

  • Course tutors

    About Michael Verde

    Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge in 2003. Memory Bridge is an internationally recognized non-profit that works to end the emotional isolation of people with dementia and their carers.To date, Memory Bridge’s multiple award winning programs have connected over 8,500 people with and without dementia to each other in one-to-one relationships.

    Michael produced the acclaimed PBS documentary ‘There Is a Bridge’ in 2008. His new documentary: ‘Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness’ premiered at the Royal Society of Medicine in December 2018, and is now available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

    Michael graduated with honors from the University of Texas’s prestigious Plan II Honors program.  He earned a M.A. in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class. He is currently earning a PhD at Indiana University in the area of empathetic communication and pedagogy.

    Michael speaks around the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia.

  • What will the course look like?

    • Alzheimer’s disease vs. the dis-ease of Alzheimer’s
    • Care as a being verb
    • Two kinds of action: instrumental and communicative
    • Getting to know our Buddies
    • Circling up: Buddy visits (local care home)
    • Mapping and sharing our I-land
    • Meeting our Buddies
    • Sharing what we’ve learned.

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If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help

020 8768 4656

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