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    agebuzz Guest Blogger: Mary Fridley

    Improvising Our Way Through Challenging Times By Mary Fridley

    By Mary Fridley   I occasionally use this column to share the writings of people I admire, and high on that list is Sally Fox, a “writer, consultant, and coach ready to help you redesign your life.” She is also one of the most curious, thoughtful, caring, and creative people…

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    Embracing The Shame Of Dementia (And Life) By Mary Fridley

    By Mary Fridley   As I have written in past posts, I practice social therapeutics, an approach that makes the connection between play in early childhood and theatrical performance in adulthood. Both play and performance are developmental, that is, they create something new out of what exists, and what we’ve…

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    A New Worldwide Musical Campaign For Reimagining Dementia By Mary Fridley

    agebuzz Guest Blogger Mary Fridley is excited to announce a new campaign for the Reimagining Dementia Coalition! As a reminder of Mary’s work with this important Coalition, click here.   A New Worldwide Musical Campaign For Reimagining Dementia   Recognizing the power of the arts for social change, Reimagining Dementia: A…

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    Self Care In The New Year By Mary Fridley

    By Mary Fridley   In my last post, I wrote about Susan Massad, my best friend and an extraordinary doctor who devoted her life to working with people of all ages and from all walks of life to create their health, which she understood as inseparable from creating our lives….

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    My Best Friend Is Dying: Grief, Growth and Getting On With Our Lives By Mary Fridley

    By Mary Fridley   I haven’t felt like writing lately. My best friend is in the final stages of cancer (or cancers to be exact), so it’s been harder to focus on putting words to paper and other life activities. My best friend is Dr. Susan Massad, who I’ve had…

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    Finding Hope In A Post-COVID World For Those With Dementia And Their Carers By Mary Fridley

    By Mary Fridley   Every so often, I read an article or blog that moves me so much that I want to share it with everyone I know – and even those I don’t. This was definitely my response after reading “Suffering No More – Reimagining Dementia in a Post-COVID…

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    Mary Fridley
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    Biography:

    Mary Fridley is on the faculty at the East Side Institute in NYC, co-creator and leader of The Joy of Dementia (You Gotta Be Kidding!), and coordinator of Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice. An accomplished teacher and workshop leader, Mary practiced social therapy for 12 years and uses the social therapeutic approach as a teacher and workshop leader. She is the author or co-author of several articles and chapters on the Joy of Dementia, including a chapter that appears in The Applied Improvisation Mindset published in August 2021. Additionally, Mary is a guest blogger for agebuzz and a playwright and theater director. She makes her living as a non-profit fundraising consultant. She can be contacted at [email protected] .

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