“This is a beautiful evening that fills one with hope
and excitement for the future.”
National ChangingAging Tour Comes to Amherst Senior Center on September 18th for Two Performances
The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation (ASCF) and Beechwood Continuing Care are pleased to be the presenting sponsors of Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour on Monday, September 18 at The Amherst Center for Senior Services - 370 John James Audubon Pkwy. The community sponsor is the University at Buffalo. There will be two performances:
- Disrupt Dementia: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
- Life’s Most Dangerous Game: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Dr. Bill Thomas, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare, argues that this is false. Blending myth and science, live music and visuals, Dr. Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour is barnstorming the country in a rock and roll tour bus to bring communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Drawing on ancient wisdom and scientific breakthroughs, the ChangingAging Tour challenges audience members to reject ageist stereotypes and embrace the moments of life that offer the greatest risk, reward and possibility.
ASCF said, “We are thrilled to bring this transformational event to our local community. Dr. Thomas is internationally renowned for radically improving the wellbeing of elders through his culture-changing innovations such as The Green House model of care, and The Eden Alternative. On the tour Dr. Thomas uses the power of art and theater to build community and celebrate a new vision for aging.”
The Tour includes two non-fiction theater performances as well as an immersive lobby experience between shows. In the afternoon, “Disrupt Dementia” ––featuring music and stories from Samite, Nate Silas Richardson and co-hosts Dr. Jennifer Carson and Kyrié Carpenter––challenges common misconceptions and stereotypes of dementia. The evening performance, Dr. Thomas’ signature show, “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game” with musician Nate Silas Richardson and Namarah McCall, explores the continuum of human aging as a rich process of growth.
“Aging can be reimagined as a vivid and enlivening process that presents us with extraordinary risks, and rewards,” Dr. Thomas said. “So, how are we supposed to play this most dangerous of all games? What do winning and losing look like?”
Through the performances, attendees will explore:
- The difference between truth and illusion when it comes to aging
- Effective insights for better health and well-being gained from the wisdom of elders
- Exciting possibilities for every stage of life
- Illuminating insights on what elders — even those living with dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease — can teach us about creating kind and inclusive communities
- The important role we all play as elders or elders-in-training
Thanks to support from national event sponsors including AARP and Holiday Retirement, the ASCF is pleased to offer tickets for $10 each, a 50% discount, or attend both performances for $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at https://changingaging.org/event/buffalo-ny/ and use discount code ASCF.
About Dr. Bill Thomas
Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, Dr. Thomas is known world-wide for transforming long term care through The Eden Alternative and The Green House® model, radical alternatives to institutional care. Dr. Thomas designed the nation’s first Senior ER, now the standard for hospital emergency rooms nationwide. Now, Dr. Thomas is prototyping a modular compact smart-house designed to maximize independence and well-being through the application of high touch tech and a minimalist ethos.
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