Alzheimer's Disease The Focus Of Local Play

Nov 30, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new play premiering in Lexington this weekend takes its inspiration from the experiences of victims and families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Actors performed a dramatic reading of Boats Against the Current, a play by William McCann, on Wednesday. It will be performed in full for the first time this Sunday at Temple Adath Israel as part of National Family Caregiver’s Month. While the script focuses on a Lexington family struggling to come to terms with a family member’s diagnosis, the director, Mary Grogan, says not to expect a one-note play.

"We're hoping to educate and help families to see that it's not all sad even though it's a devastating disease, that there is some humor and there's still life in people who have the disease," Grogan says.

About 5.4 million Americans are currently living with the disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s one in eight Americans over the age of 65.

No registration is required for Sunday’s reading.