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There Is a Bridge and the Trebus Project: Artists Create Hope and Understanding for Those With Dementia


Section Editor(s): Young-Mason, Jeanine EdD, RN, CS, FAAN, Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/01.NUR.0000311778.34036.06

Memory Bridge: Foundation for Alzheimer's and Cultural Memory. Since 2004, Memory Bridge has created an interview guide used by the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project; launched an art exhibit called Mapping Lives: The Art of Listening; designed and implemented an award-winning curriculum and school program called the Memory Bridge Initiative; and produced the documentary There Is a Bridge. Trebus Project. Started in 2003, the Trebus Project has now worked with 250 people in day centers, nursing homes, and their own homes. Along with the album, it includes written biographies, songs, drawings, films, and plays. The work, which was developed via an arts council grant, produced a lasting body of work that comprised the biographies of many men and women whose past had been all but forgotten-not just by themselves but by everyone else. Trebus Project is named in memory of Edmund Trebus, the elderly and highly eccentric hoarder featured in the BBS television series.

Corresponding author: Jeanine Young-Mason, EdD, RN, CS, FAAN, Distinguished Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9 Seaview Lane, Newbury, MA 01951 (

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