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International Speaker Michael Verde coming to Melville in August

10 July 2019

Renowned speaker and educator Michael Verde returns for a series of free talks for families, carers and those living with dementia.

The City is delighted to announce the return of renowned speaker and educator Michael Verde later this month for a series of free talks for families, carers and those living with dementia.

Michael believes that the wisdom of older people can all too easily be overlooked and they can become isolated, both with their service providers and within their own families. Michael explores ways that you can connect with your loved ones in a meaningful way and help build mutual respect and a stronger more inclusive community.

We feel extremely privileged to have Michael Verde return to the City in August. Almost 24% of the City's residents are aged over 60 and we have a high number of people living with dementia in our community so providing access to leading expertise like Michael is just one of the ways the City is building an age-friendly and dementia friendly community,” said Mayor Russell Aubrey.

“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 (MAFAB) network and monthly Memory Café events.

“These initiatives support our residents who live with dementia to live well with this disease.”

Described as inspiring and life-changing by previous attendees, the Texan born academic will host three free talks in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Attitudinal Healing WA.

Living Life Fully (two dates)

Wednesday, 7 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and Monday, 12 August 2019 from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Conference Room, Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.

Michael shares how to overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be able to be fully present and connected to someone living with dementia.

Insights into Earnest Hemmingway's "The Sun Also Rises"

Michael’s other passion is literature. He is working towards a PhD in literature, empathetic listening and theology. This novel is often described as the quintessential novel of the Lost Generation; The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. Michael Verde will host an in-depth literary discussion on Thursday, 15 August 2019, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Melville.

Michael Verde’s bio
In 2003, Michael founded Memory Bridge which, to date, has connected over 8,500 people with and without dementia in one-to-one relationships. In 2008, he produced the internationally acclaimed PBS documentary ‘There Is a Bridge’ and has just completed Memory Bridge’s second documentary ‘Love Is Listening’, featuring Jean Vanier, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Naomi Feil, and Dr Sue Johnson.

Love is listening will be launched here in Australia at an event on 28 August at Hoyts Garden City Booragoon. Look out for more information about this event.

Memory Bridge has won several awards including the 2006 Innovative Program of the Year from the Illinois Council on Longterm Care, and Indiana University’s Advancement of Peace and Education Award in 2011. That same year, Memory Bridge, along with Treasure Coast Hospice, received the Synergy Award from the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. In 2017, Memory Bridge won the Innovative Program of the Year from Leading Age Florida.

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 completing a PhD at Indiana University in the area of Empathetic Communication.

For more information or to book into a session on 7, 12 or 15  August 2019, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/michaelverde  or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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