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Riverside Book Club: On Vanishing

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

ON VANISHING: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, by Lynn Casteel-Harper.  Rev. Harper will be our guest author, offering you the opportunity to be in conversation with her about her book and its powerful, memorable topics.

The New York Times review notes: “It isn’t that people with dementia vanish, Harper argues, it’s that we insist they do. ‘cultural bigotry against both cognitive impairment and old age’ imputes to them a kind of vacancy and chilling loss of personhood. We locate the self in language and vigor, in being of use to society; when people fail they are punished for that and for the panic they engender as we confront the specter of our own extinction. Harper cites a 1997 study that looked at the ‘loss of personhood’ in dementia patients, in which one-third of family caregivers reported that they believed the existence of the suffering relative was pointless; perhaps unsurprisingly, those same caregivers treated their patients as if they were ‘socially dead.’ Click here to Register



October 10
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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