Millions of Americans are intimately familiar with Alzheimer's disease, either through first-hand experience or as a caregiver. But for many more, the symptoms go on for years because of denial, stigma, and an acceptance of memory loss as a normal part of aging.
The play, directed by Garrett Davis of the Forget Me not Project, takes the audience into the life of a family facing Alzheimer's disease and shows the disease's impact on relationships between family members, friends, and people in the community. Alzheimer's affects African Americans at twice the rate of other ethnicities and we don't yet know why. The battle against the disease requires national and community-level efforts to prevent, slow, and eventually cure it.
The play, which will be performed in Providence, RI on Saturday, August 26, is sponsored by the Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation and presented by the African Americans Against Alzheimer's, which strives to arm communities with the advocacy tools and encourage greater minority participation in research necessary to end Alzheimer's. Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital will be hosting the event at McVinney Auditorium in downtown Providence.
The play is on a nationwide tour and offered to theater goers at no charge thanks to the sponsorship of the Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation, which aims to accelerate Alzheimer's research. To register, please click the ticket link.
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