TED talkers address Alzheimer’s and improv


What do improv, TED talks and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter will explain the connection at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Stobbe and Carter will share their TEDMED talk about the parallels between improvisation and caregiving for a person living with Alzheimer’s disease. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St.

Performed last November in Palm Springs, California and released just days ago, Stobbe and Carter’s talk/performance was seen by some 1,000 people in more than 120 countries when it was live-streamed.

For almost 20 years, Stobbe has been conducting workshops and speaking all over the country. She created the dementia care curriculum for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and other national organizations. She and Carter, her husband, perform regularly with their improv comedy group, Reasonably Priced Babies, in Black Mountain and Asheville. Together they also care for Stobbe’s mom, Virginia who just turned 91.

The two will take questions about Alzheimer’s and improv. Refreshments will be available.