On Dementia: Care, Community and Creativity I

Conversation with Lynn Casteel Harper

Thursday, March 11, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm


The Frye Art Museum, in partnership with Aging Wisdom and the University of Washington Memory and Brain Wellness Center, presents On Dementia: Care, Community, and Creativity, a series of three conversations with leaders in elder care who have published books in 2020 that bring hope, connection, and joy to adults living with dementia, their care partners, families, friends, and those who provide support.

The featured authors challenge our assumptions about dementia, providing new perspectives and a deeper understanding of care, community, and creativity. Their groundbreaking books also offer practical suggestions on how to implement what they have put into evidence-based practice in support of adults living with dementia, their care partners, and their community.

Each program will be a Zoom webinar, including an interview with the author, readings from their new book, and questions from the audience. Participants are not required to attend all three conversations in the series.

Join Lynn Casteel Harper, author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, in conversation with Marigrace Becker, Program Manager, Community Education and Impact, UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center.

Expanding our understanding of dementia beyond progressive vacancy and dread, On Vanishing makes provides encouragement and meaningful examples of better ways of caring for, and thinking about, our fellow beings. Weaving together personal stories with theology, history, philosophy, literature, and science, Harper confronts our elemental fears of disappearance and death, drawing on her own experiences with people living with dementia both in the American healthcare system and within her own family. It is a rich and startling work of nonfiction that reveals cognitive change as an essential aspect of what it means to be mortal.

About the Presenter

Lynn Casteel Harper a minister, chaplain, and essayist. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, and Catapult magazine. She is a Barbara Deming Fund grant recipient and the winner of the 2017 Orison Anthology Prize in Nonfiction. She lives in New York City and is currently the minister of older adults at The Riverside Church.

Privacy Statement: The event will be hosted on Zoom, an online platform. If joining by video, your image and/or name may be visible to others. When logging in, you may choose to hide your video, or to rename yourself using a pseudonym, if you would like to protect your privacy. While attendees are encouraged to join from a private location where discussion will not be overheard, confidentiality is not guaranteed. This session may be recorded and used by the Frye Art Museum in its sole discretion.

Support independent bookstores and purchase On Vanishing from Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company:

Hardcover:  On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Hardcover) | The Elliott Bay Book Company

Kobo ebook: On Vanishing (Kobo eBook) | The Elliott Bay Book Company