The Joy of Dementia (You Gotta Be Kidding!) is a workshop presented by Life Performance Coaching & community partner, Stagebridge. This playful and philosophical exploration of how we can create a new performance of dementia is on Friday, May 18, 12:30pm-3pm at Stagebridge in Oakland. It's an experiential gathering open to everyone – program staff, caregivers, advocates, people with dementia, and other family and community members – looking for new and more growthful ways to approach this issue. For more information and to register, go to https://squareup.com/store/life-performance-coaching-center
Friday, May 18th, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Stagebridge, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
in the First Congregational Church of Oakland
Registration: $35; Students/retired/low income $25
Across the globe, practitioners and patients are working to use play, performance, the arts and
improvisation to challenge the “tragedy narrative” of dementia and create approaches that support
everyone, including those diagnosed, to develop and to live with/perform dementia in new and more
positive ways. This experiential gathering is open to everyone - program staff, advocates, caregivers,
people with dementia, and other family and community members - who are looking for new and
more growthful ways to approach this issue.
The workshop will be introduced by Joyce Dattner, Director of Life Performance Coaching. We
hope you will join us for a conversation and an opportunity to play and philosophize to promote
development, inclusion, hope … and yes, JOY in even the most difficult of life situations.
Mary Fridleyis pro-bono Director of Special Projects at the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term
Psychotherapy in NYC. She works as a fundraising consultant with nonprofits throughout NYC. She practiced
social therapy for 12 years and continues to use the social therapeutic approach as an Institute faculty
member. Mary created and leads a workshop series, “Laughing Matters”, for seniors and others across the
country. She is also a playwright and theater director.
Susan Massadrecently retired from 51 years of practice and teaching in internal medicine. For the past 36
years, she has been a builder of the All Stars Project and the East Side Institute. In 2006, Susan launched the
All Stars Projects’ senior theater workshop, the New Timers, and as a staff member of the East Side Institute
leads ongoing conversations on health, wellness, and growing older. She has recently written her first play,
REMEMBER? REMEMBER!, that deals with aging and memory loss.
For more information or to register go to
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (cell) 347-228-0034.
www.lifeperformancecoaching.com | www.stagebridge.org
A playful and philosophical exploration
of how we can create a new performance of dementia
with Mary Fridley and Susan Massad