Join us from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 for a reading and discussion on The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Life with Dementia, a new handbook for family, caregivers and professionals.

There’s no denying that the loss of one’s cognitive abilities is a profound one. Yet, even with such difficult loss, people can still be provided with opportunities to open their hearts and their spirits.

This book is the distillation of more than 20 years of Sandy Sabersky’s hands-on experience with frail elders. Sabersky is the co-founder of Elderwise, a Seattle-based model adult day center, which has become a nationally recognized leader in the field of enriched care for elders. Coauthor Ruth Neuwald Falcon is a writer and editor who has personal and professional experience with dementia, both in her family and as the co-producer of a documentary, “An Alzheimer’s Story.” 

Local authors Sabersky and Neuwald Falcon will discuss attitudes and approaches that provide real ways for persons with cognitive change — and those who interact with them — to have deep and meaningful relationships. They will share readings from the book that illuminate key Elderwise Way concepts — concepts that foster compassion, dignity and personal growth for those living with memory loss and those who care for them. There will also be time to ask live questions of the authors.


The event is presented in partnership with the King County Library System and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.

The Seattle Public Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.

The Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.