May 20, 2022

Celebrate the Possible! An inclusive day for professionals, care partners, & individuals living with dementia: fun, interactive, & informative... welcoming those of any age & ability to become more dementia friendly. Join us for a presentation from author John Thorndike, a free Dementia Friends training, door prizes, & breakout sessions with hands-on arts experiences that are fun for the whole family!

All agenda items are free and open to the public. There is free professional credit available for the Dementia Friends training.

Friday May 20, 2022
Check in at 8:30AM
Events and presentations from 9AM-3PM

Akron-Summit County Public Library
Main Library
60 S High St
Akron, OH 44326

Caregivers, professionals, those living with dementia, first responders, front line and customer service workers, faith leaders and community members, friends and family, literature lovers, arts lovers... Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend Celebrate the Possible! Please click the links in the agenda items below to learn more about Dementia Friends and John Thorndike. 

Please find information below on parking, door prizes, a detailed agenda, and CEU certificate information. See you then!


1 hour free in Akron-Summit County Public Library parking garage (using voucher)

  • Parking voucher to be used when exiting garage
  • Parking vouchers available at the High Street Security desk in the Library, or ask the check-in table for assistance
  • Entrance to the Library is from the second floor of the parking deck or the High Street Library doors.

There is a cut-out on High Street for drop-off


Tickets for door prizes will be provided at the check-in table throughout the day. Recipients must be present in the auditorium at the time of drawing to win.

  • 10:00 AM Door prize #1 ($25 Barley House Gift Card) 
  • 11:00 AM Door prize #2  (certificate for 4 ticket vouchers for a 2022 season Akron Rubber Ducks game) 
  • 2:45 PM Door prize #3 (The Music Room Basket and $25 Gift Card)
  • 2:45 PM Door prize #4 (2 Tickets to Stan Hywet Gardens)
  • 2:45 PM Door prize #5 (The Peanut Shoppe Basket and $25 Gift Card)


8:30-8:50 Attendee check-in

8:50-9:00 Welcome and thank you to attendees and partners, introduction to the day

9:00-10:00 Marty Willimen/Dementia Friends Training

  •  Dementia Friends CEU (1.0 CEU) 

10:00-10:05 Door Prize #1

  • Door prize #1 ($25 Barley House Gift Card) 

10:05-11:00 John Thorndike 

11:00-11:10 Door Prize #2 and preview of next events

  • Door prize #2  (certificate for 4 ticket vouchers for a 2022 season Akron Rubber Ducks game) 

11:10-11:30 Short break and author book signing 

  • Book with book signing is optional; cost is $10
  • Please plan to return to the auditorium for a Dementia Friendly Choir presentation

11:30-12:15 Dementia Friendly Choir 

12:15-12:30 Thank you/ morning wrap-up 

  • Thank you and wrap up of the morning; invitation to stay for afternoon if people would like 
  • Overview of afternoon events; morning participants are invited to stay
  • Remaining door prizes called at 2:45 in auditorium 
  • Resource tables 
  • Interactive stations
  • Stray Dog Café available off lower level for food/drinks; if they are returning, no food/drink in the auditorium or smaller rooms 

12:30-1:00 Morning attendees can opt to leave, afternoon attendees check-in 

1:00-2:45 Interactive stations, resource tables, and remaining door prizes 

  • Virtual dementia sensory simulation 
  • Resource tables 
  • ASCPL (sample memory kits and additional library info available) 
  • Summit DD 
  • Direction Home 
  • Alzheimer’s Association 
  • Summit DD with Dementia Sensory Simulation tables (atrium) 
  • The Ohio Council offering Strategies for Living Well (Room 1) 
  • Library hosting Visual Art Experiences (Room 2) 
  • Dementia Friendly Choir holding a sing-a-long (auditorium) 
  • Quiet space available (Room 3) 

2:45-3:00  Afternoon door prizes drawn/ thank you

  • Door prize #3 (The Music Room Basket and $25 Gift Card)
  • Door prize #4 (2 Tickets to Stan Hywet Gardens)
  • Door prize #5 (The Peanut Shoppe Basket and $25 Gift Card)


Dementia Friends: if receiving CEUs: 

  • Make sure you are signed in, information is accurate and complete, and complete & turn in the evaluation to the check-in table 
  • Certificates will be emailed to the address you provide(d) within a week 
  • Hours will be entered into CE Broker for you within 1 week; if needed sooner for license renewal, please find Lori Smith (on site) and let her know 


Click Here to Register Today!

Learn more about Dementia in Northeast Ohio

For questions and registration assistance, please contact or 330-776-4013. 

Thank you to our community partners at Akron-Summit County Public Library, Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, Summit DD, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Summa Health!

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