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Author, percussionist to lead personhood and dementia event April 24

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the book Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's, Lauren Kessler wrote about the month she spent as a caregiver at a residential Alzheimer's facility. "Being human is more than the sum of one's remembered past," she claims.

Musician Dave Roth

Musician Dave Roth

Kessler and Dave Roth, a musician and lobbyist for the Alzheimer's Association, will present the day-long workshop on Personhood and Dementia on Thursday, April 24, at the Kansas State University Alumni Center. Hours are 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. No registration is necessary.

The event is sponsored by the Center on Aging.

Roth, a K-State graduate who has performed and taught for more than 25 years throughout the world, will talk about his Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive. For information about donating an iPod at K-State, contact Dana Hunter.

"Alzheimer's disease is a very close and personal cause to me," he said. "My grandmother died from this disease over 30 years ago and now both my parents suffer from it as well." More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Author Lauren Kessler

Author Lauren Kessler

Kessler is director of the nonfiction program and professor in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. She will have a book-signing event on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Room at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community for her books Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's and Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News.