Could it really be appealing to hear someone talk about their time with hospice residents? If it’s Josh Kornbluth, the answer is a resounding YES! You’ve never heard aging described like this.
Last November, we went to hear Josh perform a monologue about his experience as artist-in-residence at the SF Zen Hospice. Each of us had seen Josh in previous original works, but experiencing his performance that night sealed the deal. Josh spoke movingly and with poignant humor about being with the hospice residents in their closing chapter – for example, accompanying Diane in her dying wish to eat a bottomless salad bowl at the Olive Garden. We could tell he would similarly understand how our adult care centers recognize and draw out participants – helping them to retain their autonomy, realize the potential of the moment, and experience meaningful connections, regardless of their disabilities.
Reading Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal – Medicine and What Matters in the End, I have been struck by its resonance with the philosophy at our adult care centers. Guwande writes that even in the face of loss and declining health, individuals want to and can shape the stories of their lives, and in so doing, they are able to sustain joy, value and dignity. In this spirit, this year’s annual event celebrates the individual and our adult care centers in their partnership to cherish and experience ‘Meaning in Every Moment’.
We invite you to join us for an evening of warm-hearted humor and insight: http://daybreakcenters.org/an-evening-of-humor-and-insight-with-josh-kornbluth/.
– Anne Warner-Reitz
Executive Director, DayBreak Adult Care Centers