MemoryCare and OLLI of UNC Asheville will present a staged reading from the award-winning anthology The MemoryCare Plays from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Reuter Center on UNC Asheville’s campus. This free, public event also includes a reception and discussion of caregiving for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.
The play to be read at OLLI, Steering into the Skid by Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy, features a couple in their sixties talking in their SUV. Its twelve short vignettes are set over the course of a year in which one member of the couple suffers the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, producing changes and adjustments for both partners.
“Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can produce drama and surprising twists for families – some filled with love and reward as well as loss and stress – and many people will see pieces of their own lives in this play,” said Dr. Margaret Noel, physician and founder of MemoryCare, an Asheville treatment and support center for families affected by Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.
Noel issued a call for one-act plays about the impact of Alzheimer’s that was answered by submissions from more than 90 authors around the world, and a juried panel selected the top three, which were published in March as The MemoryCare Plays. In May, the anthology won a bronze medal from the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
“So many people in our community are living with or helping care for a loved one with some degree of Alzheimer’s,” said Catherine Frank, director of OLLI at UNC Asheville. “This event presents a great opportunity for people to see the play and engage in discussion with others who are affected and with experts in dementia care.”
This event is free, but seating is limited. To register in advance for seating, call 828.274.4801, and enter extension 2249 after the prompt. For more information, visit memorycare.org or olliasheville.com.