My name is Bob Savage. I received my diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015. The first three months were very difficult, and I spiraled down into a deep dark depression. During that time I began visiting museums with other people living with Alzheimer’s. I began having transformational experiences as I interacted with abstract art. I was able to move through the darkness and say “Hello Light!”
As a result of my experiences, I have been working with a talented group of people and artists to produce a creative event including art, music and storytelling. “Hello Light!” is designed to reframe what people think about living with Alzheimer’s and to stress the importance of seeking an early diagnosis. The event uses abstraction found in art, poetry and music to better understand the experiences of people as they encounter the experiences of people living with Alzheimer’s.