Celebrate Our Stories: An Interactive Performance with Metro Theater Company Enjoy a salute to the creativity of people with dementia and their caregivers by Carol North, Artistic Director of Metro Theater Company, with guest artist, Lydia Ruffin. Metro Theater Company will entertain us with an interactive, multi-sensory performance that weaves together a tapestry of music, movement, visual art and poetry.
How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old As people with dementia and caregivers, our perspective on growing older is too often focused on the downside of the aging process. However, this is only one side of the coin. Dr. Marc Agronin, author of “How We Age”, will highlight the strengths that we gain, not in spite of old age, but because of it. These strengths include a broader perspective on experience and decision-making, the potential for greater emotional maturity and enhanced creativity, and the ability to reflect on life and make positive changes that were inaccessible when younger. Put together, these new forces open a doorway of growth and possibility as we age. Find out what current research tells us about growing old with dementia. PRESENTER: Marc Agronin, M.D. Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research, Miami Jewish Health Systems Affiliate Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
John C. Morris, M.D. Dr. Morris is an international leader in Alzheimer’s research. He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Director of the Memory and Aging Project at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine.
George T. Grossberg, M.D. Dr. Grossberg is the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. In 1979 he started the first Geriatric Psychiatry program in Missouri, and in 1985, the first Alzheimer’s Disease Community Brain Bank.
Carroll Rodriguez, B.S.W. Carroll is the Chief Operating Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter and the Director of state public policy activities for the Missouri Coalition of Alzheimer’s Association Chapters.