Panel to explore Connections: Art, Alzheimers and Spirituality
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Jul 14, 2009 - 9:58 AM

Rev. Dr. Heather Parkinson-Webb of Greenwich Chaplaincy Service
“Art, Alzheimer's and Spirituality: Finding the Connection”, a panel discussion on July 29 at 7 p.m. will explore the benefits of creative, spiritual and social outlets for healthy aging, presented in conjunction with Donald Axleroad’s Exhibition The Human Condition: Identity Theft, Role Reversal, Fear of Fate, on view at the Greenwich Art Society through July.

Panelists are Dr. Stephen Jones, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Greenwich Hospital, and the Rev. Dr. Heather Parkinson-Webb, Chaplain, Director of Spiritual Care, Greenwich Chaplaincy Services. Their topics will explore the basics of dementia and changes in memory perceptions as they relate to communication, long term memory and the emotions. Finding corridors in which to make connections, including faith, ritual and interactions with art, the speakers will explore the value of the individual and what we can learn from people with dementia.

Dr. Stephen Jones is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and double board certified in Internal and Geriatric Medicine. Named “Top Doctor” three years in a row, Dr. Jones is Director of the Outpatient Medicine and Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital, President of the Connecticut Geriatrics Society and Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council. He has lectured nationally on a variety of topics related to healthy aging.

Rev. Dr. Heather Parkinson-Webb is a licensed professional counselor, spiritual director, Board Certified Chaplain and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. She has served as a Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care for Greenwich Chaplaincy Services since 2005. She is the author of Redeeming Eve: Finding Hope beyond the Struggles of Life (Baker Book House, 2002), Small Group Leadership as Spiritual Direction (2005) and numerous articles.

Dr. Stephen Jones of Greenwich Hospital
Donald Axleroad calls attention to relevant social issues in his exhibition The Human Condition: Identity Theft, Role Reversal, Fear of Fate. His new body of work explores the fears and anxieties of the aging, the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease and the experience of “Identity Theft” when victims are no longer sure who they are, and the dilemma of “Role Reversal” – when parents become like children to their own children. Axleroad has received many national and regional awards for his work, most recently the Best in Show in another Greenwich Art Society exhibition, “Left Brain, Right Brain”, at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich Library, also on view through July.

The public is invited to the free July 29 event which begins with a reception at 7 p.m. with refreshments and music while visitors view the exhibition. The program will begin at 7:30 pm, for 30 to 45 minutes followed by a Q & A session. This is the second time that Axleroad has helped organize a special presentation on the problems of aging in conjunction with an exhibition of his work, this time in collaboration with the Greenwich Arts Council, the Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Chaplaincy Services and the Alzheimers Society, CT Chapter. Following the success of a 2008 program at the Carriage Barn gallery in New Canaan focusing on the challenges of Alzheimer’s led by Dr. Stephen Jones, he has again invited Dr. Jones as well as Rev. Dr. Parkinson-Webb.

The Greenwich Art Society is located on the second floor at 299 Greenwich Avenue. The gallery is open Monday through Friday: 10 am to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 12 - 5 p.m. and Sunday: 12 – 4 p.m. For further information, contact the Greenwich Art Society at 203-629-1533, or

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