This November we are excited to welcome Michael Verde, founder of Memory Bridge: The Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory, to St Christopher’s to work with us on changing societal attitudes towards people with dementia.
During his time at the hospice we will be working together to run a number of events on dementia and how we can better support those living with dementia in our community.
On Wednesday 5 December, we are delighted to be hosting an event for the Dementia Community of Practice facilitated by Dementia UK and Hospice UK.
This will be followed by a special screening of ‘Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness’, a documentary produced in collaboration with Michael Verde and world-renowned solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Dame Evelyn Glennie (credit: Jim Callaghan)
As part of the project, Dame Evelyn Glennie visited people living with dementia in two care homes in Bromley.
The film documents how, using her extraordinary awareness of non-verbal communication, Evelyn was able to make an emotionally profound connection with a resident that many might consider to be beyond meaningful reach.
The film screening will be held at St Christopher in the afternoon as well as an evening event at the Royal Society of Medicine.
During his visit, Michael will be hosting a four-day experiential course for local carers supporting people living with dementia. Michael will also be speaking at the Hospice UK National Conference on Wednesday 28 November alongside Liz Bryan, our Director of Education and Training.
More details about these events and how to sign up will follow soon.
Dementia is a day-to-day part of the fabric of our society, yet it is often ignored or misunderstood.
It is a condition that affects people in very singular ways, so we need to ensure that all people affected by dementia are supported with a relevant and creative approach.
Dame Evelyn Glennie