This is not an N2N-Sponsored event, however we often include interesting events occurring in our neighborhood in our newsletter.

N2N participant Susan Massad, MD, is taking part in a panel discussion on dementia that seeks to challenge our typical thinking on the subject. This is not a free event.

Creating Agency, Intimacy and Yes, Development with Dementia
A conversation with Nettie Harper, Katharine Houpt, Susan Massad
and Mary Radnofsky, moderated by Mary Fridley

Monday, June 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Classroom 210
40 Washington Square (btw. Macdougal & Sullivan Sts.)

Register Here

Fee: $40; $30 Student/Retired/Low Income
At Door: $45; $35 Student/Retired/Low Income

There is a group rate of $15 for groups of 5 or more

Across the globe, people with dementia, their health care support teams, care partners and dementia rights advocates are challenging the fear and stigma-inducing “tragedy narrative” that distorts how people living along the dementia spectrum are seen. We choose to embrace a new perspective and work together, combining our collective strength, humanity, agency and creativity to build living environments in which all people can embrace uncertainty and experience dignity, discovery and development. Please join our panel of innovators for a new conversation about dementia – and living life.

Mary Fridley is pro-bono director of special projects at the East Side Institute. She practiced social therapy for 12 years and, as a member of the Institute faculty, leads classes and workshops on a variety of topics. Mary is also a playwright and theater director.

Nettie Harper is co-founder of Inspired Memory Care, Inc., where her focus is on highlighting elders’ strengths and self-worth through well-designed programming. A leader in the fields of memory care and recreation therapy, Nettie is committed to improving the quality of dementia care services provided by health care agencies throughout the country. 

Katharine Houpt is an artist, art therapist, and licensed clinical professional counselor in Chicago. She works with people facing life transitions ranging from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, to grief and loss, to sense of purpose. Katharine facilitates individual and group art therapy sessions as well as socially engaged community-building experiences.

Susan Massad is a retired primary care physician with 51 years of practice experience. In 2006, Susan launched New Timers, a senior theater workshop at the All Stars Project and, as an Institute faculty member, leads ongoing conversations on health, wellness and growing older.

Mary Radnofsky is a former ghostwriter and college professor of Education and Human Development, French, Astronomy and Qualitative Research. Mary is president and CEO of the Socrates Institute, a non- profit educational organization she founded in 1995. Mary is the first person with dementia to advocate at the UN for the human rights of people living with dementia.

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