Changing Eldercare: Dr. Bill Thomas presents his disruptive vision of aging & dementia care

by dale on September 27, 2016

dr-bill-thomas-blogpost-imageFor decades, the only dementia story heard is one of loss and despair. But there is a new dementia story being told: a story of joy and growth. It is a story being told by, and for, people living with dementia. Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas is currently barnstorming the country in a rock-n-roll tour bus to bring communities a new, highly disruptive understanding of aging.

Dr. Thomas will be our keynote speaker at the Michiana Gerontology Institute’s (MGI) Ninth Annual Gerontology Conference on Oct. 20 (at The Kroc Center, South Bend, Indiana.)

Dr. Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician. His wide ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is  the founder of a global, non-profit, The Eden Alternative, which works to improve the care provided to older people.

During the keynote address, Dr. Bill will present MGI’s first “Changing Aging Award.”  This award will go to a person who personifies what it means to age with grace, passion and service to others.  An afternoon workshop, “Disrupt Dementia,” is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The day includes a panel discussion and interactive lobby experience, as well as an evening non-fiction theater performance.

This event is open to professionals, families, friends, and interested community members.

Register by Oct. 13. Enroll online at or contact Pat Adams at (574) 239-8364 or


The Institute exists to increase collaboration among member organizations and individuals, who serve the aging and provide education to further improve the lives of those served. The purpose of the Institute is to provide intergenerational outreach and education to improve the lives of elderly through services and awareness. Through expansion and growth, the Institute will continue to facilitate the involvement, integration and coordination of organizations and individuals to service older adults in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.



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