Join us virtually for a viewing of this one act play about memory loss and conversation to follow.
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On October 20, the Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging presents “Steering into the Skid,” an event that helps family members, caregivers, local businesses, and the broader community be in a conversation around the subject of dementia as well as the most well-known form of memory loss which is Alzheimer’s Disease. ALL community members are welcome to attend the program starting at 2PM.
“Steering into the Skid” was written by the husband-wife team of Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy. “Growing older has led us to think about the effects of aging on ourselves and our relationship,” said the playwrights. “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.”
Audience members meet Tim and Amanda played by Twin Cities’ professional actors, Jim Pounds and Danette McCarthy. In 12 short, clever scenes, one per month-starting on New Year’s Eve, the audience comes to know this loving couple and bear witness to the early progression of dementia. “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 dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. www.rememberproject.org
This program takes a unique approach to building awareness, sharing information, and inviting authentic community conversations. Audience members come together via Zoom and then watch the play together, followed by a facilitated conversation. “Steering into the Skid” is part of the Remember Project, which toured the lower St. Croix Valley in the fall of 2015. To date, over 60 events and conversations have taken place to address the stigma, isolation, and fear associated with dementia. There are two other plays that are part of The Remember Project: Riding the Waves and Into the Garden.
Hosted by the Southeastern Area Agency on Aging (SEMAAA), the program is also sponsored by Olmsted Medical Center, and Pine Island Fire Dept. Relief Association as well as other local supporters. To learn more or register for the event, play and conversations, you can also call 507-259-0613.
The Remember Project is a program of the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. The Pine Island Tour is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support a 2020-2021 tour in Greater Minnesota. Funding for this unique Dementia Awareness Tour is an Arts Tour Minnesota activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
SEMAAA is a private, non-profit agency serving the 11 counties of SE MN. We work with families, seniors, service providers and public agencies to help support, coordinate or develop community services including dementia friendly programming. Our mission is to promote the independence and dignity of older adults so they can age successfully and remain in their homes for as long as possible. SEMAAA operates the Senior Linkage Line- a free service that links people to information and assistance- 1-800-333-2433.