International speaker on Dementia returns to the City

The City is pleased to announce the return of renowned speaker and educator Michael Verde later this month, who will be speaking at three free events on Dementia hosted by the City in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Attitudinal Healing.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Verde’s public events in 2015 were so well received it had led to requests for his return.
 
“The City is delighted to welcome back a speaker of Michael’s calibre who captivates his audience with his genuine passion for making a difference to the lives of those living with dementia,” Mayor Aubrey said. 
 
“With almost 24% of the City's residents aged over 60 we have a high number of people living with dementia in our community and providing access to leading expertise like Michael is just one of the ways the City is raising awareness of the disease”  
 
“As a member of the World Health Organisation Global Age-Friendly Communities network, the City is committed to supporting our senior residents, and Michael’s talks are the latest in a range of initiatives the City is proud to offer, including the Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Business network and monthly Memory Café events.”  
 
Michael believes that outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with Dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connection. He will examine the social and emotional isolation experienced by people living with Dementia and provide practical skills for families, friends and carers to help break down the barriers caused by the disease. 
 
Described as inspiring and life-changing by previous attendees, the Texan born academic will present at three talks in the City.
 
Living Life Fully (two dates)
Monday, 31 July (10.00am to 12noon) and Wednesday, 2 August 2017 (6.30pm to 8.30pm)
Conference Room, Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon
 
Michael shares how to overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be fully present and connected to someone living with Dementia.
 
Insights into ‘A Man Called Ove’
Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Civic Square Library, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon
 
Michael explores the story of Ove, an isolated retiree whose life changes when an unlikely friendship forms, taken from the Swedish international bestseller by Frederik Backman.
 
Early registration is encouraged, to find out more and to register visit www.melvillecity.com.au/michaelverde or call 1300 635 845 or 9364 0666.
 
For more information about Michael Verde or to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, visit www.memorybridge.org and www.fightdementia.org.au.
 
Michael Verde Bio
Founder and President of Memory Bridge: The Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory.
 
Michael Verde grew up in east Texas, where he played football, went to church, raised show pigs, and read so much it alarmed his high school counselor.  Before graduating from high school, he won Guideposts magazine’s National Youth Writing Contest, and was elected president of American Legion’s Boy’s Nation.
 
Michael graduated with honors from the University of Texas’s prestigious Plan II Honors program.  He earned a M.A. in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class.
 
Michael taught English for 10 years.  At Lamar University where he began his teaching career he was named Teacher of the Year in his third year of teaching.
 
In 2003, Michael founded Memory Bridge. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,000 people with and without dementia to each other in one-to-one relationships
 
In 2008, he produced the internationally acclaimed PBS documentary ‘There Is a Bridge’ that explores the power of empathetic attention to keep people with dementia emotionally connected to others.
 
In 2011, Memory Bridge was awarded Indiana University’s Educational Peace Prize to bring the Memory Bridge school initiative to South Africa.
 
Michael is the creator of the acclaimed Reading for Life salons which have received rave reviews in the USA and internationally. 
 
Michael speaks across the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia. His clients include Northern Trust Bank; Chevron; St. Christopher’s Hospice, England; Alzheimer’s Association of Australia; the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Vero Beach Museum.
 
He is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of empathetic education at Indiana University