A New Play Raises Awareness of Alzheimer’s in the Black Community.
By the Alzheimer’s Association.
An estimated 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Older Black Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than White Americans.
Black Americans are less likely to receive a diagnosis. When a patient does get a diagnosis, it is typically in the later stages of the disease, when medical needs are more significant.
To help raise awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s on the Black American community, Gdavis Productions and Films, LLC, and the Alzheimer’s Association have joined together to create a new stage play, Unforgettable, which is coming to The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas on February 18, 2023. Click HERE to reserve your free tickets.
“We could not be more excited about this unique opportunity,” states Kathy Shockley, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas & Northeast Texas chapter. “This approach to raising awareness is different from anything we have ever done. Whether or not someone is currently affected by this disease in their own family, Unforgettable will resonate — and leave a lasting impact.”
This dynamic and unique stage play shines a spotlight on how one family navigates this devastating disease while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The story will showcase the emotional toll on families while emphasizing the importance of early detection and treatment and the benefits of clinical trial participation.
If you need assistance today, the Alzheimer’s Association offers free 45-minute online e-learning classes. With more than 20 topics to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Perhaps you are a caregiver seeking to increase your caregiving skills and confidence, a friend wanting to understand how to support a neighbor living with Alzheimer’s disease, or a life-long learner looking to expand your knowledge. You might even be an educator seeking opportunities for your students to earn extra credit outside the classroom.
Each course provides a personal certificate of completion students of any age may download. Increasing community awareness about brain health might help shift mindsets and reduce stigmas and myths surrounding this disease.
Check the Alzheimer’s Association’s complete catalog of classes HERE for more information or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.