There Is No Me Without You: The Social Nature of Personhood

October 13, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Tom Kitwood’s understanding of the optimal care of persons with dementia reflected his extensive academic background in social psychology. For example, in his article “Brain, Mind, and Dementia: With Particular Reference to Alzheimer’s Disease” (1989), Kitwood wrote: “It is now becoming clear that virtually all the losses and difficulties of later life are socially constructed: that is, they are a consequence not of the aging process itself, but also the norms and collective arrangements that are taken for granted as applying to old age.”
Grounded in social psychology, person-centered care challenges the assumption that dementia can be understood finally as a neurological process. It departs from the medical model that attributes cognitive impairments to neurological changes by viewing a person’s health, including his or her capacities and sense of self, as socially enabled or disabled.
Join Michael Verde, the founder of Memory Bridge, as he elucidates Tom Kitwood’s writings on the social dynamics of the experience of dementia. Central to the presentation is the concept of malignant social positioning, an idea fundamental to Kitwood’s development of Dementia Care Mapping.
Michael’s presentation also introduces three skills of presence that dissolve dis-easing forms of communication and invite mutual understanding with people with dementia.
This presentation is part of a series called “Kitwood on Person-Centered Care.” The presentations in the series raise and answer the question “What did Tom Kitwood actually mean by person-centered care?” by thoughtfully exploring the principle sources of Kitwood’s conception of the term and practice. Carl Rogers, who first used the term “person-centered” to describe his philosophy of care, was one such profound influence on Kitwood’s teaching.
The presentations in this series are designed for professional and family carers and educators in the field of dementia care.
The webinar will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. If you’d like to attend but can’t make it on the 13th, register and we’ll send you a link to the recorded webinar. It will be available free for 3 days only following the live webinar to everyone who registers in advance.
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Michael Verde founded Memory Bridge in 2003. To date, Memory Bridge has connected over 8,000 people with and without dementia to each other in one-to-one relationships.
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.

Date: October 13, 2020

Start time: 03:00 p.m. EDT

End time: 04:30 p.m. EDT

Venue: Online