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For the second year, the "Big Hearts For Seniors" event, which supports five community-supported programs of Michigan Medicine that serve older adults, is taking place online.

Lisa Barry talks with one of the storytellers, "Dr. Red Shoe" Dr. Margarita Gurri, and event co-chair and one of the directors of a program that benefits from this event, Jennifer Howard, about how stories can connect us, inspire us, and help.


As a caregiver, dealing with someone experiencing dementia can be challenging.

The Eastern Michigan University Aging Studies program is bringing in a special speaker and offering a wellness fair this week to share information and tools for dealing with the aging process.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the director of the EMU program, Dr. Cassandra Barragan, and student Christine Moellering about challenges and solutions to dementia and overall aging.

#OTGYpsi: 'Memory Cafes' Maintain Social Skills Of Local Seniors

Apr 17, 2019
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Living with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia makes life difficult for older people and their family members.  One life aspect that suffers the most is social interaction, which is why the Ypsilanti Senior Center established the "We Care Connect Memory Cafe" program.  It allows seniors to maintain social connections and even create new ones.  Monica Prince and Shonda Gibbs from the Ypsilanti Senior Center talk about the program with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

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This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Jenn McKee and the artistic director of Kickshaw Theatre in Ann Arbor Lynn Lammers talking about their current show, "Milvotchkee, Visconsin."

Alzheimer's Association

June is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.  It's a disease that affects more than 5.3 million individuals in the United States, and Washtenaw County is not the exception.


University of Michigan Health System
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A new treatment procedure developed in Michigan can handle the most disturbing symptoms of dementia with the use of fewer drugs.