Laughing All the Way: Boosting Health and Happiness 

August 20, 2019

“When You Laugh, you change,  and when you change the whole world changes.”            -Dr Madan Kataria, MD, Founder Laughter Yoga Movement   We were warmly welcomed into a parlor area, reminiscent of an elegantly aging aunt’s apartment. A piano waited patiently along one wall. There was a colorful bowl of…

Some Enchanted Beautiful Morning: Movies & Memories Celebrates Inclusion

August 6, 2019

The buzz of conversation ceased as singer/actor Robert Gibby Brand stepped up to the microphone. His accompanist, pianist Robert Pherigo, played the opening bars of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning and Brand soared into the “Bright golden haze on the meadow.” Instantly the audience, ages two to 85 plus, was listening raptly. Brand continued his…

Upcoming KC Dementia Friendly Events

July 30, 2019

Please join us for these upcoming KC Dementia Friendly events, specially created for people who are living with dementia and their family, friends, and care partners. All are welcome. Click to view informative and inspiring short videos on our YouTube channel Deborah Shouse is the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together and Love…

Musing Together: Looking at Art  Expands Skills, Increases Socialization, and Widens Horizons

July 9, 2019

The group pauses in front of a large contemporary sculpture, depicting a preacher standing before his congregation at a small country church.  They walk around the piece, noticing the pews, the organist, and the variety of parishioners, and chatting as they view. Then they settle into chairs and co-facilitator Esther Smith asks: “What is one…

A Dream Came True at The Red Ballon Movies & Memories

June 25, 2019

“I wish I had a red balloon,” one of our guests said, after the inspiring ending of the short film, The Red Balloon. Moments later, the dream came true. Each guest was offered a buoyant scarlet balloon, the magical symbol of a meaningful film. The Movies & Memories program now has a new time and date:…

The Stamp of Fundraising for Dementia: Kudos to Lynda Everman and Kathy Siggins

June 18, 2019

I am always delighted to get an update from Lynda and Kathy. For years, they promoted the idea of a semi-postal stamp for Alzheimer’s, a stamp that would cost a little more and raise money for the cause. They had to be persistent, dedicated, connective, tireless, creative, and patient. They were. Their stamp was brought…

Let’s have a ball together

June 4, 2019

We hope you can join us for one or both of these fascinating free events. Please share with those who might benefit:

Talking about Dementia with Teens

May 21, 2019

We were delighted to spend time with the bright and curious sixth and seventh graders in Mary Silwance’s class at KC Academy. They had read the young adult novel Hour of the Bees, which features a poignant relationship between a pre-teen girl and her grandfather who is living with dementia, and they wanted to learn…

Come Have a Ball with Us!

May 14, 2019

Explore the fun of learning and playing Bocce Ball at our next Memory Cafe! Help your neighborhood become more dementia friendly by attending our May 23rd Lunch and Learn. Please RSVP to heatherharrison@kclibrary.org Click to view informative and inspiring short videos on our YouTube channel Deborah Shouse is the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative…

Creating a Dementia Friendly Kansas City

May 7, 2019

Luck. Kismet. The stars aligning. Those are all valid descriptions of our April 5th event, Creating a Dementia Kansas City. First, we were lucky to have two great speakers: Emily Kearns, PhD, formerly of Dementia Friendly Massachusetts and Michelle Niedens, from the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Then, a lovely splash of kismet  when…

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A ‘must read’ for every care partner because it really helps you to look at things differently! This book is very special in the way it provides you with hundreds of suggestions on how to be a good care partner for someone with dementia and enjoy this yourself as well. Deborah inspired me by bringing together so many positive examples of using creativity to engage with people with dementia.”--Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International

“Deborah Shouse’s inspiring book provides caregivers with tools from which to create meaningful, life-enhancing activities that can strengthen their connections. Buy the book, read it, highlight what inspires you. As you make notes and bend pages to personalize this guide, you are creating a family treasure.”--Carol Bradley Bursack, Founder of Minding Our Elders

“Once again, Deborah Shouse delivers a book that softens our hearts and opens our minds to find fun ways to connect to the soul. No matter what our situation in life, no matter what our ability is to communicate, we all crave and need to be connected to one another.”--Lori La Bey, Founder of Alzheimersspeaks website