This webinar series was an eye-opening and life-affirming experience. Michael's passion about the subject is contagious. Highly recommended.
Michael's talks always move me through laughter, awe, and ultimately tears...by satisfying my thinking brain so fully, that my listening body must open to other possibilities of experiencing truth.
loved loved loved it! sitting here in Ireland grinning from ear to ear. Im an occupational threapist and currently teaching healthcare students dementia care in caring for the older person. I love the de-labelling and i feel you have given me so much ammunition to share with my students.
The philosophy of Memory Bridge is not simply helpful for healthcare providers, it is indispensable. The idea that treating patients and loved ones with humanity allows them to maintain a significant portion of their autonomy is fascinating and something healthcare workers need to be aware of.
Memory Bridge provides imaginative and compassionate ways to consider the dementia experience and those it affects. You are intentional about making the world a better place. Thank you for the tools you offer.
My belief structure of what relationship with individuals diagnosed with dementia could be has been fundamentally altered by the presentation Michael Verde gifted us in these webinars. His ability to convey with great enthusiasm complex concepts is extraordinary and compelling.
I have been a disciple of Buber and Kitwood for over twenty years. Michael Verde, in this webinar series, deepened my understanding and helped me think in new ways. I feel newly inspired in my work and in my life.
Michael holds two master’s degrees: an MA in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a MA in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class. At Lamar University, where he began his teaching career, he was named Teacher of the Year in his third year of teaching–the youngest teacher to ever receive that recognition at the university. He taught English for ten years before founding Memory Bridge. Currently, he is completing his PhD at Indiana University, focusing on empathetic communication and literature and religion.
Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge in 2003 for the purpose of ending the emotional isolation of people with dementia. To date, Memory Bridge’s multiple-award winning educational programs, hosted on three continents, have connected over 8,500 people with and without dementia in one-to-one relationships. In 2008, Michael produced the PBS Documentary There Is a Bridge.
Michael presents across the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia.