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“Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease

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April 22, 2009
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It is estimated that someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease every 71 seconds; in 2008, there were an estimated 5.2 million Americans with the disease. Yet, many caregivers and members of the health care community interacting with Alzheimer's patients discover much more than the common stereotype.

"Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease" is a forthcoming collection of poetry and prose written by doctors, social workers, and family members, among others, who offer compassionate and hopeful comments. The editor is Holly Hughes.

Midday on Thursday, April 22, 2009, Greenville Memorial Hospital will host four of the contributors to this anthology. These regional writers will share their works on how Alzheimer's disease has affected them. The program will begin at 12 noon in the Coleman Medical Staff Auditorium at Greenville Memorial Hospital on Grove Road and conclude at 1:30pm. The event is free and participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. For additional information, please contact Jeanine Halva-Neubauer at 864-455-4652.

If late afternoon works better for your schedule, Furman University will host five of the contributors to this anthology as well as two additional authors in a similar symposium entitled, "Unlikely Light: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease". This symposium will highlight works, which provide solace and guidance to the caregivers and consider with respect, dignity, and humanity those suffering with the disease. The readers include William Aarnes, Gilbert Allen, Linda Annas Ferguson, Diane Porter Goff, Tommy Hays, Susan Ludvigson, and Joel McCollough. The program will begin at 4:00pm in the Garden Room of the Daniel Chapel on the Furman University campus and will conclude at 5:30pm. A reception will follow the event. The public is encouraged to attend both the symposium and the reception. For additional information, please contact DebbieLee Landi at 864-294-2714.

Afternoon Location: Greenville Memorial Hospital-Coleman Staff Medical Auditorium, Grove Road
Late Afternoon Location: Furman University Campus-Daniel Chapel
Greenville, South Carolina
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