Workshop offers new form of therapy for couples experiencing Alzheimer’s
Storytelling is one way that Alzheimer’s patients and their spouses can maintain some of the memories they’ve built together. Last week as part of Alzheimer Day at Northwestern University, participants “performed” their stories. Jean and Dan Winship are one of the couples who participated in the workshop. Dan is a former medical school dean who has the disease. The Winships detail how the workshop is an effort to move past the perception of a couple defined by the disease and back to a married couple experiencing life together. Storyteller Deanna Moffitt led the Winship’s workshop and she details the process. Northwestern's Alzheimer's Disease Center’s Director of Education Darby Morhardt explains the different types of therapies being used with Alzheimer’s patients.
**In the conversation, Dr. Dan Winship says that he was diagnosed several months ago. He was diagnosed in January 2013.