'opening up about alzheimer's' with geri and james taylor

The New School’s Institute for Retired Professionals hosts a discussion with the nationally-recognized Alzheimer’s activists on Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.-noon


The New School’s Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) hosts Opening Up About Alzheimer’s, a conversation with Geri and James Taylor, nationally noted Alzheimer’s activists who came to national attention after The New York Times published an article about the Manhattan couple last year.

Geri and James Taylor have traveled the country sharing their story of living with the disease (Geri was diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s five years ago) with more than 5,000 people in seven states. Additionally, they have spoken at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Science Conference in London, and have been invited to participate in the International Alzheimer’s Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, in December.

In The New York Times, Geri and James Taylor conveyed their experience of adjusting to the diagnosis, facing the stigma of Alzheimer’s, telling their adult children and family members, and continuing to live fully despite the disease. They emphasized their intention “not to hide,” but to speak out about their experience.

“The Taylors have become sought after speakers on this topic and we have found their presentation to be groundbreaking,” said Renee Solomon and Nancy Yates, members of the IRP's Stage of Life committee.

“This story of facing challenges with grace, courage, and humor is informative and inspiring and I hope that many members of the New York City metropolitan area will attend,” said Elizabeth Weinmann, Director of The New School’s Institute for Retired Professionals.

The event is sponsored by IRP and their Stage of Life committee.


Geri Taylor, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, developed innovative long-term health care programs in New York City during her career as a senior executive in health care administration.

James Taylor, a new member of the IRP, with degrees from DePauw University and the University of Chicago, worked for 30 years in finance and consulting at IBM and is a past president of the White Plains (N.Y.) Board of Education.


Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.-Noon


The New School’s University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105

TICKETS Admission to the event is free; to register, call 212-229-5682 or email irp@newschool.edu.

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