Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Arts and Alzheimer’s



Life Long Learning at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts to offer innovative six week program for people challenged by Alzheimer’s and other associated dementias:

~The Arts and Alzheimer’s~

The program will feature visits to the Patty & Jay Baker Museum with Philharmonic musicians alternatively with studio arts activities & talks with local artists and educators at the Toni Stabile Building located on the campus of The Phil. This unique 6-week, Tuesday morningseries (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) begins March 26th and runs through April 30th.



Under the direction of educator, artist and registered nurse Bernadette La Paglia, BSN, M.Ed., people challenged by Alzheimer’s and other associated dementias (accompanied by a caregiver or companion) have an opportunity to partake in the mission of The Phil’s Life Long Learning commitment ‘to enlighten, educate and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.’

“Often times, people afflicted with diseases such as Alzheimer’s are factored out of the loop of such grand objectives –but ‘The Arts’ are all inclusive,” La Paglia said. “The intent of this unique program is to empathize –first and foremost- and then to demonstrate and validate such capabilities.”

An exciting roster of local talent will contribute to the program. Naples Philharmonic violinist Daniela Shtereva, who holds the David & Cecile Wang Chair -along with Dickie Fleisher, who holds the Jane P. Berger Chair- will provide musical enhancements to specific pieces chosen from the exhibitions currently on view at the Museum, including, Painting Women, Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, and Visual Connection: Painting, Sculpting & Photography Inspired by Dance.

On alternative Tuesdays, further enrichment to the hands-on arts component will be provided by renowned artist Paul Arsenault, along with neuropsychologist Dr. Bill Beckwith, author & columnist of Memory Minutes, and a special visit by naturopath Ken Friedenberg, founder of Graceful Earth Inc. who will discuss dementias in the context of diet, exercise and life style. Friedenberg is also an accomplished musician having served as principal horn with the Honolulu Symphony –and promises to bring his instrument!

Assisting La Paglia throughout the series will be physician and artist Dr. Natasha Lidow of Naples. “I think the most important understanding as we reach out is that this is not a class in learning about art. No one will be tested,” she assured. “This is about facilitating the essence of the artistic experience –and making it accessible for those who have suddenly found themselves, sadly, left out of so many experiences.”

Tuition for the series is $200.00 and includes the attendant caregiver or companion. To register or learn more, contact Bonnie Thayer, Director of Education and Community Partnerships at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts by phone or email: 239.254.2643 ~

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