Cherry Picking Apple Blossom Time is a collaboration between Duplex Planet creator David Greenberger and Milwaukee music legend Paul Cebar, featuring spoken word stories derived from Greenberger's conversations with elderly, Milwaukee residents with memory loss, backed by music composed by Paul Cebar that is seamlessly integrated with the mood of the words. The emotional range of Greenberger's stories can take you from outright laughter to chills and tears. Ultimately, Greenberger and Cebar's goal is to expose the richness of the whole person through humor and intelligence, with genuine tenderness.
The CD is now available at www.duplexplanet.com. This fall 2009, look for a 30 minute documentary (carried by the UWM Center on Age & Community) about the creation of this project and the unique approach Greenberger takes to the art of conversation.
Greenberger created the work as part of his residency in Applied Art at the UWM Center on Age & Community, sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Brookdale Foundation.
Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia, by Brookdale Senior Fellow Anne Davis Basting, is now available from Johns Hopkins University Press. http://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu:80/ecom/Application/books.jsp
Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting’s study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humor, and emotional connection; translates into accessible language a wide range of provocative academic works on memory; and addresses how advances in medical research and clinical practice are already pushing radical changes in care for persons with dementia.
Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting’s cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss. See the Dr. Basting’s blog: http://forgetmemory.org