JESSICA RUHLE
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Hello, Sweet Spirits! Ready for another peek inside the underbelly of the museum world? This is your lucky day! Jeff has a fascinating conversation with Jessica Ruhle, the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where she founded “Reflections,” a program for visitors with dementia and their care givers. Ruhle is a graduate of Davidson College with a masters from George Washington University. She also kicks butt in roller derby. You don't want to miss this episode!


Connecting with loved ones who suffer dementia is increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. But programs that bring these individuals to art shows unexpected interactions and clarity.


It can be hard for people with Alzheimer's -- and their caregivers -- to find communities where they can enjoy being themselves, without worrying how others will judge their interactions or being anxious over a strange setting. Programs like Reflections, provided at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program, offer spaces where they can comfortably learn new things and enjoy spending time with new friends who understand what their lives are like. More information on these organizations and their partnership can be found on their websites: nasher.duke.edu dukefamilysupport.org

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