Fri, Mar 29, 2019 07:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Join us as we explore the powerful benefits of the arts for those living with dementia. We begin the evening with I Remember Better When I Paint (2009), an uplifting documentary about the astounding therapeutic effects of art.
We continue with a panel session featuring experts in the field of memory impairment, including the documentary’s co-director Berna Huebner, Romina Oliviero from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Melissa Tafler from the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation. Neurologist Dr. Sharon Cohen moderates this conversation about how creative therapies are changing the way we look at Alzheimer’s.
Today 50 million people around the world suffer from dementia, a number which is expected to reach 75 million by 2030, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. The Aga Khan Museum is committed to furthering the conversation on how those affected, and their caregivers, can benefit from the power of art.
This event is part of our week-long Minding Memory: Alzheimer’s and the Arts programming, presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and Baycrest Health Sciences.
Dr. Sharon Cohen is a behavioural neurologist, medical director, and principal investigator at Toronto Memory Program. For the past 25 years, Dr. Cohen has been committed to improving treatment for Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Her memory clinic and research site are among the most active in Canada, and have provided care and clinical trial opportunities to thousands of individuals.
Berna G. Huebner is co-director and associate producer of I Remember Better When I Paint. She’s also the president and founder of the Hilgos Foundation, which supports ongoing artistic creation for those with dementia. Huebner serves on the Board of Directors of Arts & Minds, Advisory Council of See Me program at the Smithsonian Museums, and as Director of the Center for the Study of International Communications in Paris.
Romina Oliverio is the Community Partnerships Manager at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. She facilitates workshops on Living Well with Dementia, and Physical Activity and Brain Health. As co-creator of The Boomers Club, she co-facilitates a wellness program exclusively for those with Young Onset Dementia and their care partners. Oliverio has studied Social Development and Gerontology, specializing in dementia-specific education.
Melissa Tafler is an interprofessional arts-based learning specialist at the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care. Her role includes integrating the arts into clinical education and training for staff and students. She has developed curriculum that uses the arts to teach clinical and reflective skills, and she leads workshops on using applied social theatre and visual thinking strategies to enhance competencies in health care teams.