For Hometown New
MARTIN COUNTY -- The Council on Aging of Martin County will host nationally renowned dementia educator Michael Verde on July 23 at 1 p.m. for a free presentation, "Love is Listening."
The discussion will center on using empathetic communication to connect individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias to their family, caregivers and loved ones. The presentation, which is sponsored by Robert J. Banasiak of Janney Montgomery Scott, is open to the public.
Mr. Verde is the founder of Memory Bridge (www.memorybridge.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the emotional and social isolation of individuals with dementia.
To date, Memory Bridge's award-winning school initiative has connected more than 7,000 students and elders with dementia.
In 2008, MR. Verde produced the PBS documentary "There is a Bridge," which explores the power of empathetic attention to keep people with dementia emotionally connected to others.
Mr. Verde is a frequent guest speaker across the country on the subjects of literature, world religions and communicating with people with dementia; his insightful and spirited presentations have attracted an enthusiastic following worldwide.
Mr. Verde's public presentation is part of a four-day visit to the Treasure Coast.
He will also conduct a three-day training program on empathetic communication, "Life Is a Bridge," at the Kane Center to a by-invitation-only audience.
The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community.
The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered.
The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County.
The nonprofit Council on Aging of Martin County provides programs that help seniors live independently in their own homes, including: Meals on Wheels, an adult day program, geriatric specialty primary medical care, care management, caregiver support and in-home services.
The Council is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.
For more information on Council on Aging services, or to learn how to support the Council and be a part of the Kane Center, call (772) 223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.
To RSVP for Mr. Verde's presentation, call (772) 223-7800.