February 12, and March 6, 2013
Currently at the Open Door Gallery is Eleanor Rubin's exhibit Progress of the Eclipse: Memory, Memory Loss and Imagination. The artwork grew out of the artist's pain of being a caregiver for her mother, who was transformed and diminished by Alzheimer’s disease. VSA MA is presenting two events related to Eleanor's work:
Film Screening - The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's - February 12, 2013 at 6pm
This Primetime Emmy award-winning documentary takes a dramatic, compassionate, all- encompassing look at the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's disease. The cornerstone of the project is a 90-minute documentary based on David Shenk's best-selling book. Like Shenk's book, the documentary weaves together the history and biology of the disease, the intense real-world experiences of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, and the race to find a cure.
David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a short-film director, and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper's, Spy, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS. Shenk lives in Brooklyn.
Special Event - Finding Inner Harmony - March 6, 2013 at 4pm
Professor Suzanne Hanser PhD, Director of the Music Therapy program at Berklee College of Music and some of her students will present a concert/workshop and lead a discussion with caregivers and others interested in the ways that music can support people with memory loss. This lecture/concert for family and professional caregivers will demonstrate music-facilitated stress management strategies that caregivers can do themselves and with loved ones or clients. Dr. Suzanne Hanser will guide participants through calming music listening experiences, and invite the audience to engage in simple musical improvisations.
Dr. Suzanne B. Hanser is founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music. Dr. Hanser is Past President of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy. She serves as music therapist at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a Research Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She is the author of The New Music Therapist's Handbook, and co-author of Manage Your Stress and Pain, book and CD, with Dr. Susan Mandel. In 2006 she was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. In 2009 she was awarded the Sage Publications Prize for her article, "From ancient to integrative medicine: Models for music therapy". In 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association.Tweet