Walworth County Health & Human Services’ (WCDHHS) Aging and Disability Resource Center is pleased to announce the upcoming performance of “In the Garden,” the second of three plays that make up the Remember Project. The Remember Project is a program designed to help family members, care partners, local businesses, and the broader community engage in conversation around dementia and the most well-known form of memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease. All community members are encouraged to attend this free performance.
“Since 2015, the Remember Project has been touring in Wisconsin and Minnesota with their live productions of ‘Steering into the Skid’ and ‘In the Garden,’” says WCDHHS Dementia Care Specialist Afton Kehl. “The combination of watching a play together with other people, followed by facilitated discussion, is an excellent way to help create better understanding about the challenges facing those with memory loss, as well as their families and friends. It is remarkable that the Remember Project artists have created a virtual format.”
“In the Garden” was written by Matthew Widman and published in The MemoryCare Plays, a book of three one-act plays compiled and edited by Dr. Margaret A. Noel. The play is set in the home of Arthur Monsetin, where his three grown children have come together after the death of their mother to decide a course of action for their beloved father who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. While Arthur may wander off at times, lash out in anger or forget the names of his grandchildren, at other times he is lucid, funny and wise. Long ingrained familial tensions come to the surface when Peter, Karen, and Jamie struggle to treasure their father as they also come to terms with his limitations. Each of Arthur’s children has a very different view about what is best, yet one thing is clear: their love for their father will guide the way.
“This general scenario is taking place with thousands of families across America every day as adult children try their very best to chart a course for loved ones who are experiencing dementia,” said facilitator Danette McCarthy. “It can feel extremely isolating to face decisions about care and to navigate the journey of decision-making as a family. ‘In the Garden’ is a compassionate invitation to help families and friends support each other through the immense challenges and pressures placed on care partners.”
“In the Garden” was part of The Remember Project’s launch in 2015 with a tour of the lower St. Croix Valley. To date, over 100 live and virtual performances and conversations have taken place to address the stigma, fear, and isolation associated with dementia. This very unique experience uses theater and conversation to learn and make decisions about the future.
This event will be held both virtually and in person on Tuesday, September 28th from 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. In-person attendance will be at the Walworth County Health and Human Services building (1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn). Virtual attendance will be through Zoom. A link for viewing the play from an electronic device will be provided to you. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite at https://krw-garden2021.eventbrite.com. If you need assistance with registration, please call 262-605-6646 or 1-800-472-8008.
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