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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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    With Gratitude For Gratitude By Mary Fridley

    by agebuzz Guest Blogger Mary Fridley   On June 18th, I moderated a conversation, Playing with Dementia: How the dementia experience can help us all embrace uncertainty, live more joyously, lead with our hearts and create a better world, with four incredibly creative and innovative dementia advocates: Phyllis Fehr, Daniella…

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    Don’t Worry About What You Know: Just Be Curious! By Mary Fridley

     By agebuzz Guest Blogger Mary Fridley   I’ve been in a number of conversations over the last few weeks about how to best relate to people who hold or express negative attitudes about any number of topics, including dementia. Invariably, the consensus becomes “We just need to keep educating people”…

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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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