Aquarian Minyan Author Series

Thursday, November 2, 7:00-9:30 pm, Aquarian Minyan Author Night with Mary Ann Konarzewski .
Location: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Light refreshments will be served at 7, program at 7:30
$20-$10 donation to The Aquarian Minyan requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, please contact Shoshana Dembitz, 510-914-1291

Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life in Long-Term Care challenges our notions of what it means to grow old, to live in a long-term community, and to have dementia.

Drawing on two decades of experience in long-term care, Ms. Konarzewski shows family caregivers and eldercare professionals how to help elders thrive, grow, and live with more joy, inspiration, and purpose.

Practical tips and suggestions for designing programs are interwoven with uplifting stories. Programs include honoring wisdom, celebrating lives and dreams, and healing through nature, poetry, massage therapy, and the expressive arts.

By emphasizing the importance of presence, unconditional love, and seeing beyond the surface, the book illustrates how to find and nurture the spark of life, no matter how incoherent or frail someone may be.

“This is a truly amazing work. These stories are so close to the heart, I cannot imagine anything else giving students and caregivers an idea of the core of our elder communities. A must read!”
–Nader Shabahangi, Ph.D., Founder of Pacific Institute and AgeSong, Co-author, Conversations with Ed

“Ms. Konarzewski provides a model for elder care that deserves attention, praise, and emulation.”
–Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, Saybrook University, Co-author of The Mythic Path and Healing Stories

Mary Ann Konarzewski“Mary Ann has given us a gem of a book.”
–Debora Barkan, Founder of the Live Oak Institute and Elders Guild

Mary Ann Konarzewski, CMT, CMLDT, is the founder and principal of Heart Song, a private practice dedicated to enriching the lives of elders through creative expression, massage therapy, and other forms of engagement that facilitate more joyful, inspired, peaceful, and purposeful living. She is part of the wellness programs at Atria Valley View, Byron Park, and Moraga Post-Acute Care in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on her work, please see her websites at and

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