2018 General Sessions
Thursday, May 3
Welcome: Chris Perna and Sarah Rowan
The Eden Alternative Awards: Suzette Molina and Kathy Hagen
“People might think we’re crazy, but I like it.” – a TimeSlips storyteller
In this interactive session, a collaborative team shares both the story of what happens when people thought incapable of imagination take it up, and some tools for how to facilitate expression through words, sound, and movement. You are invited to join in and learn a part of the creative process.
Friday, May 4
Change Starts Here: Stories on Aging, Elderhood & Life
An Elder is someone who, virtue of life experience, is here to teach us how to live. Jude Thomas will share her own journey into Elderhood and the impact that love and loss have on us all.
This series of vignettes will inspire us to be curious about each other, as we grow older and to give people a place to be seen.
A glimpse into the life of two imaginary people created from real stories of many amazing people.
Saturday, May 5
Rise UP Talks
This thought-provoking session gets its inspiration from TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Kicking off the final day of the conference, a series of brief talks will highlight different topics whose time has come. Passionate speakers will challenge the audience to continue to push past their perceived barriers, identifying new ways to bring person-directed care to life for Elders wherever they live.
Featured speakers include:
Technology for All!
Jack York, President, It’s Never 2 Late
Painting with Heart
Ed Carlucci and Sherri Ayers, Jewish Tower, Atlanta, GA
Well-Being and Worth
Daphne Johnston, First Methodist Church Respite Ministry
Nobody Puts Baby Brian in a Corner! Dirty Dancing with Alzheimer’s
Brian LeBlanc, International Dementia Advocate
The ChangingAging Tour: Disrupt Dementia
Jennifer Carson, Kyrie Carpenter, Samite Mulondo, and Nate Silas Richardson
This immersive and transformational non-fiction theater experience weaves film, music, and first-person stories with groundbreaking research, turning convention on its head by focusing on what we can all learn from people living with dementia. The performance features live music and storytelling from humanitarian and refugee Samite Mulondo, accompanied by Nate Silas Richardson and co-hosted by a pioneer in the field of authentic partnership research Dr. Jennifer Carson and millennial psychotherapist turned activist Kyrié Carpenter. The performance was created in collaboration with members of Seattle-based Momentia and is guided by an advisory team of people living with dementia, allies and advocates.
Tour Lobby Experience
The ChangingAging Tour: Life’s Most Dangerous Game
Bill Thomas, Nate Silas Richardson, and Namarah McCall
Blending myth and science, live-music and storytelling, Dr. Bill Thomas, Co-Founder of The Eden Alternative, asks the question “what if?” What if we all lived in a world that saw aging not as a process of decline but as a vivid and enlivening process that presents us with extraordinary risks and rewards? Accompanied by acclaimed musician Nate Silas Richardson and vocalist Namarah McCall, Dr. Thomas shows audience members how to approach aging with the skill and enthusiasm it requires. Drawing on ancient wisdom and scientific breakthroughs, they challenge audience members to reject ageist stereotypes and embrace the moments of life that offer the greatest risk, reward, and possibility.