Hello and Happy Spring!
Latest News: With the additional grant from MAC (Maintaining Active Citizens), that Stories Love Music received this year,
I was able to hit the road again and bring my program to another group of care givers in Maryland. Yet again, it was another group of hard working humans with huge hearts (AKA- Care Givers) and we had an amazing session together. These session are fun and stress relieving experiences where one also learns new tools and approaches to creative engagement. I am ready to travel the country and bring this program to every care giver out there!
I launched a new podcast series called "No, I Know" and it's now on Itunes store.
On the show that I co-host with my husband, we bring in special guests for spirited conversation and live music! We recently had on the show, Nancy Lee Hendley. She is former head of care giver education at Caring Kind (formerly Alzheimer's Association), and now she is manager of CONNECT2CULTURE at Caring Kind. We had an inspiring conversation with her about CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT and Memory Loss. You do not want to miss it!
Stay tuned for more and as always I welcome your questions and comments.
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I was invited to observe at a special event at the Jewish Museum called JM Journeys. It was only for those with memory impairment and their care givers.
The special exhibit at the museum right now, was Issac Mizrahi's Fashion exhibit. While standing and looking at this wall (pictured above), which are Mizrahi's fabric swatches, organized by color, the attendees were able to play with their own color pieces and sort them. Interactive and Textured were the keys to the success of this event. As I stood and watched, The color pieces on the wall reminded me of something in my work that I do with elders with dementia. In my Stories Love Music program, stimulating stories is one of the goals. Sometimes those stories come out in pieces. The pieces sound like "non-linear fragments" that don't always make sense in a logical way. But if we look at story telling in a spiritual sense, all the fragments that come out, make up a larger picture of us as a person and as a soul. The attendees really responded to this wall of color pieces and also later when they got to sit and make art with highly textured fabric. The stories and they art they made was textured, sometimes in pieces, but very beautiful and full of color.
If you are care giver out there, there are many museums starting to host events like these, so look them up!
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Executive Director of Stories Love Music, Singer, Story Teller, Coach and Activist.