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October 18, 2018

K-State's Center on Aging to host Personhood and Dementia workshop

Submitted by College of Human Ecology

Karen Stobbe

The K-State Center on Aging in the College of Human Ecology will present its annual workshop, Personhood and Dementia, on Thursday, Nov. 1. The event will take place in the Hartford Room at the Bluemont Hotel with sessions from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Karen Stobbe, founder of In the Moment, will be this year's speaker. Stobbe will guide participants through an interactive day of improvisation as guests learn to use improv to increase interaction and encourage joy in dementia care. She will lead the group in rethinking their own perspective of dementia and teach them easy ways to use improvisational techniques, helping guests acquire skills to improve connection and quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners.

A caregivers panel also will discuss using creativity to maintain personhood in the care partner role. The panel will include Deborah Murray, K-State English instructor, and a scene from her original play about caregiving and dementia titled "Numb and Number."

The two sessions are unique and will feature different programming and information, so guests are encouraged to attend both sessions.

The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information on Personhood and Dementia, visit he.k-state.edu/aging/outreach/personhood-dementia.

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