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Dementia workshop to focus on creativity, use of theater techniques

Thursday, March 26, 2015

“Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh,” a performance about the world of caregiving for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, will be part of the Personhood and Dementia Workshop on Thursday, April 9, at the K-State Alumni Center.

Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter wrote and perform in 'Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh' (Courtesy photo)

Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter wrote and perform in 'Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh' (Courtesy photo)

The third annual workshop is sponsored by the Kansas State University Center on Aging, College of Human Ecology.

The event, free and open to the public, will be 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

The performance will feature Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter who wrote about the laughter and tears of caregiving.

Stobbe is director of In the Moment, an organization that uses improvisation to help train caregivers as they deal with the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia on their loved ones. She has developed a six-week training program that uses creativity, improvisation and theater as training tools.

“More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging. “Caregivers of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia struggle with ways to engage and be ‘present’ with the ones they love. Our speakers will provide insights into these needs.”

Also at the workshop, David Babcock, “The Knitting Runner,” will teach his finger-knitting technique. He will draw an analogy between knitting and distance running and the journey of Alzheimer’s disease in his talk while participants learns to knit with him.

Babcock broke the Guiness World Record for the longest scarf knitted while running a marathon in 2013. He runs to raise awareness and support for Alzheimer’s research.

He is associate professor of art and design at the University of Central Missouri.

A panel of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia will share their experiences.

More information is available at the event's webpage or by calling 785-532-5945.

This article was posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News.