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Dr. Bill Thomas to explore aging, elder care in two Amherst shows

Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally known figure in senior care, will bring his "Changing Aging" tour to the Amherst Center for Senior Services, with two shows Sept. 18.

"Disrupt Dementia" will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and "Aging: Life's Most Dangerous Game" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

Thomas blends medical science, music, art and storytelling to counter stereotypes, as well as commonly held beliefs and practices, about aging and its conditions, such as dementia. His presentation also explores aging as a potentially positive and rich process of growth.

Tickets are $10 for each show or $15 per person for both. The programs are geared for health professionals, elders and families.

Thomas, an author and professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Erickson School of Aging, is founder of the Eden Alternative, an organization that pushes nursing homes to adopt such policies as giving workers and residents more decision-making authority, and making facilities less institutional.

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