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Play about Dementia to be Performed

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September 30, 2019
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teering Into the Skid,” a one-act play about dementia, will be presented Oct. 16 at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.

Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center is presenting the program that aims to help family members, caregivers, local businesses and the broader community converse about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

All community members are welcome to attend this free program.

“Steering into the Skid” was written by the husband-wife team of Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy and published in “The MemoryCare Plays,” a book of three one-act plays compiled and edited by Dr. Margaret A. Noel.

“Growing older has led us to think about the effects of aging on ourselves and our relationship,” the playwrights said. “We’ve known friends — couples — who have faced Alzheimer’s or other devastating conditions with such dignity, courage and love that we felt compelled to write about a couple forced to adjust to new demands on their imperfect but loving marriage.”

The play unfolds over 12 months as Tim and Amanda bear witness to the early progression of dementia. As the months pass, the audience sees the subtle changes and adjustments the couple is forced to deal with due to memory loss.

“Our ultimate goal,” said facilitator and actor Danette McCarthy, “is to assist community members and leaders to consider new ways to think about memory loss and to become aware of local resources that support families who are dealing with a diagnosis of memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Steering into the Skid” was part of The Remember Project, which toured the lower St. Croix Valley in the fall of 2015.

To date, more than 40 performances and conversations have taken place.

The program is also sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy.

The free program will be offered twice on Oct. 16, with a meal served by Chef David. The lunch program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and dinner program from 6 to 8 p.m.

Reservations are required by Oct. 9.

To learn more or register for the luncheon or dinner, play and conversation, call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6646.