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Rethinking aging: Dr. Bill Thomas brings “Age of Disruption Tour” to UIndy


Renowned aging expert presents Disrupt Dementia and Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game

On October 19, 2016, the University of Indianapolis will host Age of Disruption, a national tour that brings a radical new approach to growth and aging. The brainchild of Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, the Age of Disruption Tour will roll into Indianapolis in a rock n’ roll tour bus ready to engage the community with new and vastly more rewarding visions of aging.

The 2016 tour features two nonfiction theatre performances: the paradigm shifting Disrupt Dementia and Dr. Thomas’ signature show, Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game, featuring the unconventional pairing of a physician (Dr. Thomas) and a musician, Nate Silas Richardson.

Disrupt Dementia is a first-of-its kind event inviting people living with dementia and their allies to experience a new vision for living with cognitive change. This immersive and transformational experience turns convention on its head by focusing on what we can all learn from people living with dementia, rather than from experts and includes music, storytelling, and exclusive outtakes from a new film by Alive Inside director Michael Rossato-Bennett.

Life’s Most Dangerous Game features original music, storytelling, poetry and groundbreaking insights on aging and care. The mixed-media performance begins with a light-hearted look at just how “crazy” our culture’s perspective on normal human aging can be and then asks: “What if?” What if we all lived in a world that saw aging not as a process of decline but rather as the entree to life’s most dangerous game?

Between the shows, there is a highly engaging ‘lobby experience’ for guests to engage with the ideas presented in the afternoon performance, get connected with local culture changers and connect with other disrupters in their community.

“Aging can be reimagined as a vivid and enlivening process that presents us with extraordinary risks, and rewards,” Dr. Thomas says. “So, how are we supposed to play this most dangerous of all games? What do winning and losing look like?”

The Age of Disruption Tour takes audiences on an incredible journey into a new and highly disruptive understanding of age and aging that has the power to inspire positive change for members of the audience and the communities in which they live. The Indianapolis tour is presented with support from the Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series, the Central Indiana Senior Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation and is organized by UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community.

WHAT: Age of Disruption Tour

WHEN: October 19, 2016,
2:30-4:30 p.m.: Disrupting Dementia
7:00-8:30 p.m.: Life’s Most Dangerous Game

WHERE: Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Center for Fine Arts, University of Indianapolis

TICKETS: Tickets can purchased online for $20 for each show at