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Gerontology Conference

Love is Listening: Re-membering our communities from the inside out

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Verde
Founder of Memory Bridge, a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to ending the emotional and social isolation of elders with dementia (

Keynote Presentation:

Love Is Listening: Healing the Dis-ease of Dementia through "Being With" Care

Training for the giving of care to people with dementia is typically concerned with how "carers" can best meet the functional needs of people experiencing cognitive decline, from the biological to the activities of daily living.  What is often overlooked in traditional approaches to giving care is how much of the quality of our lives, while grounded in functional needs, depends finally-indeed ultimately-upon the meeting of our relational needs.

This presentation explores the deep structure of empathetic communication: What is it?  Why does it matter therapeutically?  And how do we, as individual "carers" and organizations of care, transition from understanding care as an instrumental practice of doing to and doing for another to care as an existential orientation of being with another?

Intended Audience

Professionals, families, friends and interested community members


8:00 - 8:30 am - Registration (Vincent Hall) and continental breakfast (provided)
8:30 - 8:40 am - Welcome and speaker introductions
8:40 - 10:10 am - Keynote Speaker (all attend)
10:10 - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 - 11:30 am - Breakout Session I
11:40 - 12:40 pm - Breakout Session II
12:40 - 1:40 pm - Lunch (provided)
1:40 - 2:40 pm - Speaker Workshop (all attend)
2:40 - 3:00 pm - Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm - Breakout Session III
4:00 - 4:15 pm - Evaluations/Continuing Education Certificates

Accreditation Statements

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (OH-433, 12/1/2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Indiana State Nurses Association has designated ONA as the official approver of CNE Providers and activities for Indiana.

The Indiana Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board has approved Memorial BrainWorks to provide Category I Continuing Education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT and LMHC. However, licensees must judge the program's relevance to their professional practice.

Memorial BrainWorks is also approved to offer CEUs for Health Facility and Nursing Home Administrators. 

1.5 nursing contact hours
1.5 CEUs for Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist/Mental Health Counselors/Health Facility and Nursing Home Administrators

5.75 nursing contact hours
5.5 CEUs for Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist/Mental Health Counselors/Health Facility and Nursing Home Administrators

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