Join us at the innovative Memory Café
The Penn Memory Center’s next pop-up Memory Café will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, February 5 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Be ready to be moved; we are very excited to announce that there will be a special musical performance by the Curtis Institute.
Due to the press the café received in the The Huffington Post, Penn Current, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, we are expecting a larger-than-normal crowd. To help us prepare, please RSVP by e-mailing Genevieve Ilg or calling 215-630-0257 by Wednesday, February 3. Please include the total number of guests you plan to bring as well.
We hope to see you on February 5.
I Am Life: Humanity in Advanced Dementia
2 to 4 p.m. March 29, 2016
Smilow Center for Translational Research, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
Space is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Terrence Casey at 215-898-9979 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the public are welcome to join the Penn Memory Center March 29 for “I Am Life: Humanity in Advanced Dementia.” Richard M. Rubin tells the story of his late wife, Rebecca Barnard, as her dementia advanced to a profound stage.
Rubin uses photography, narrative, audio, and video to bring home the depth of her loss and the persistence of her personality, her emotional life, her engagement with others, and her importance in their lives. The story raises complex philosophical and moral issues and directly addresses the conduct and thinking of care professionals. Jason Karlawish, Penn Memory Center co-director, will offer commentary and facilitate a discussion with the audience.
Rubin became active in a support group for younger spouses of people with dementia in 2007 after his wife was diagnosed at the age of 53. He has a BA in humanities from the University of Chicago and a PhD in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, where he helped organize a 2013 symposium on humanity in advanced dementia and has taught a course titled “Aging and Dying – Philosophic Perspectives.”
Cognitive Fitness Program
People with concerns about their cognitive health or with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) face new challenges related to thinking, learning, and remembering.
Research supports that certain memory and thinking deficits can be compensated for by engaging in specialized cognitive training. Practicing these techniques can help optimize independence, improve overall health, and maintain normal daily activity.
The Cognitive Fitness program combines facilitator-led computer-based brain stimulation exercises, compensatory strategies, education, and supportive coaching.
Click the following links for an overview of Cognitive Fitness, for the program components, or for more information.
The Penn Memory Center offers a six-week Psycho-educational Caregiver Class every spring and fall for those caring for a family member or other loved one with dementia.
Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia may experience feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, hopelessness, or frustration. This course is designed help caregivers develop skills to better help their loved one – and themselves – cope with the many changes of living with dementia.
Click here to learn more.
Do you have a passion, talent, or skill that you would like to share with others?
Research tells us that cognitive stimulation and social engagement are key components to successful aging. The Penn Memory Center is pleased to provide a platform for our patients and community to come together and learn from one another. If you would like to volunteer to lead a book club or a discussion group, teach knitting, lead a yoga class, or share another skill with others at the Penn Memory Center, we are happy to host, promote and provide some administrative assistance to transform your interest into action.
Interested volunteers should contact Felicia Greenfield at 215-614-1828 or email@example.com.