Fostering Social Connections While Aging: Engendering Compassion for Those with Dementia

FOT17-Slider-1Join us for North Shore Community College’s 38th Forum on Tolerance,  Fostering Social Connections While Aging: Engendering Compassion for Those with Dementia on April 20 & 21. This two-day, two-campus event is free and open to the public.

Among the struggles of individuals with dementia, the social isolation the disease can cause is one of the most devastating. A 2013 survey by the Alzheimer’s Society found that 38% of people with dementia felt lonely. Aside from mental health problems, this social isolation takes a negative physical toll as well.

In this forum, through education, kinesthetic learning, and listening to human stories, we hope to bring about empathy and understanding for those suffering from dementia, and discuss ways to end the social isolation.

The April 20 event will be held from 6-8:30pm at NSCC’s Lynn Campus Gymnasium, 300 Broad Street.  The keynote speaker is Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs and there will be a performance, Archives & Etchings by Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion.

The April 21 event will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm on NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, room DS119.  Speakers will be Dr. Michael Sandberg & NSCC Professor Emeritus Thomas MacLachlan.

Both events will have resource tables available and refreshments will be served.

NSCC Forums on Tolerance initiate educational challenges to community members to learn more about one another, bring about empathy and understanding toward other people, and to make a difference in the community-at-large.  NSCC Forums teach tolerance, embrace diversity and support a learning environment.

For more information, check out http://www.northshore.edu/tolerance/ or contact Dr. Laurie Carlson at (508) 847-6972, lcarlson@northshore.edu

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